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Hit and Run with Injury in Florida

Section 316.027(1)(a), Florida Statutes is a Third Degree Felony punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084 and is a hit and run involving serious injury.  This is cause for revocation of license in Florida.  In addition, Section 316.027(1) may be charged or a lesser included offense may be for leaving the scene without rendering aid to a person injured or dying as a result of the accident.  If a jury finds that the person was driving under the influence of alcohol, a mandatory 2 year term of imprisonment is the result.

In order to clear oneself of the duty to remain at the scene, one must first discharge their duty to the other motororist pursuant to section 316.062 Florida Statutes which include, name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle, exhibit drivers license and ("if available"), and carrying someone to a hospital.  The language "If available" seems to make the duty to display a drivers license just an aspiration.

In addition, the court must award restitution to a victim unless the court finds "clear and compelling" reasons not to.  Restitution should be awarded by default.  A victim may also apply to the Crimes Compensation Trust Fund  (Chapter 960) for compensation to be awarded from the fund in addition to collecting from a person convicted of the crime.

A law enforcement officer tat the scene of the crash has a duty to report the name and address, license number, and the name of insurance agency insuring the vehicle.

Whether you have been charged with charged with hit and run with a serious injury, or you have been a victim of serious injury, Jacksonville lawyer Graham Syfert can help.  Call 904-383-7448.

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