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Careless Driving In Miami

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A woman has been cited with careless driving after a recent incident on Route 1 in Miami in which she allegedly crashed her vehicle into several other vehicles before crashing into a tree. According to witnesses, the woman was driving recklessly at the time of the series of crashes and did not stay at the scene of the first crash before driving off, running over a curb, nearly running over another woman who tried to stop her, and then hitting several other vehicles before hitting the tree that stopped her.

Traffic Accident Or Criminal Matter? Maybe Both

Though police did not cite the woman for a hit and run in this case, and are treating it only as a traffic crash, hit and run accidents are not at all unusual. In Florida, the number of hit and run accidents has remained steady over the years despite the implementation of stricter laws which aim to stop the practice. When does an incident turn from a traffic accident to a crime? According to Florida law, whenever a driver is involved in an accident that causes damage to either person or property, he or she is required to stop and perform certain duties including exchanging information and offering assistance as appropriate. Failure to do so can result in misdemeanor and even felony charges depending upon who or what is damaged or injured and to what extent.

Misdemeanor Or Felony?

Whether a hit and run is charged as a misdemeanor or felony depends upon the outcome of the accident. If there is only property damage, the crime of leaving the scene of the accident will be a misdemeanor. If a person is injured, however, it will be charged as a felony, and the classification will be determined by the extent of the injuries suffered by the victim. For injuries other than serious bodily injury, the charge will be a felony in the third degree; for serious bodily injury the classification is a felony in the second degree; for hit and run accidents that result in a person’s death, the charge is a felony in the first degree.  These charges can often result in significant jail time if one is convicted of the crime and can substantially impact one’s future in a variety of ways. Because of the serious nature of these matters, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney right away.

Charges From A Hit And Run Accident? Deric Zacca, P.A. Can Help

If you have been involved in an accident and are facing misdemeanor or felony charges associated with a hit and run, it is necessary to speak with a criminal defense attorney as early as possible to ensure you protect your rights. There may be defenses to claim depending upon the facts of your case, and a competent criminal defense attorney will work with you to find any options that may be available. At the office of Deric Zacca, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, we work with you to investigate all of your options and provide the level of professional legal representation you need to protect your future. Allow us to help you today – contact Attorney Deric Zacca now to schedule your initial consultation and get the best working on your side.

Resources:

local10.com/traffic/woman-hospitalized-after-allegedly-causing-mayhem-on-us-1-in-miami

leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.062.html

leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.027.html