As of earlier this month, the Florida Highway Patrol was still searching for vehicles involved in two hit and run accidents that resulted in injury in North Escambia. One of the injured parties is a 72-year-old Pensacola man who was struck by a pickup while travelling north on Highway 97.
The elderly man had been traveling two or three car lengths behind the pickup when he changed lanes and tried to pass two vehicles. As he made that attempt, the pickup slowed down and began to turn onto another road, causing the motorcyclist to strike the rear of the pickup. The pickup driver, according to witnesses, stopped, looked upon the accident and fled the scene. Several other motorists witnessed the crash, but weren’t able to provide vehicle identification.
In another accident a motorcyclist was injured in a hit and run on Highway 29 in Cantonment. The victim in that accident was reportedly rear-ended by a blue station wagon, but the victim luckily did not suffer any serious injuries. The driver of that vehicle has not yet been identified.
Hit and run, of course, is a serious criminal offense. Those who strike another vehicle and cause a crash have a duty to stop to render assistance to the victim. The consequences of failing to do so can be deadly, as serious injuries can lead to death.
Those who have been harmed in a hit and run accident, or any other accident, have a right to seek compensation from those responsible. It helps greatly to work with an experienced attorney in such cases.
Source: Source: NorthEscambia.com, “FHP Seeks Info In Two Motorcycle Hit And Run Accidents,” May 13, 2013.