A Florida State University football player was reportedly let off without any serious repercussions after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident. The New York Times reported that on October 5 the football player, who was named most valuable player, drove his car into another that was being driven by an 18-year-old who was returning from a late shift at a restaurant where he was working. Apparently, the football player left the scene of the accident before the police arrived. The victim remained at the scene of the accident after suffering some injuries from the airbag deployment.
The football player did eventually return to the accident location. However, he was not tested for alcohol, nor was he asked why he fled the scene. An investigation revealed that the football player was driving on a suspended license, yet he was still only given two minor traffic tickets.
After the University and police were criticized for their actions, the police chief reported that he would “conduct an investigation to determine what happened and whether the officers acted appropriately.” What is particularly interesting in this case is that a similar situation occurred just a month or so prior to this accident, yet that defendant (who was not a prominent football player) was charged with a hit-and-run. In contrast, the police did not charge this player with a hit-and-run. They claimed the reason that he was not charged was because he returned to the accident 20 minutes later.
Punitive Damages in Florida
In personal injury cases, victims may be due a variety of damages because of their injuries. However, in some specific circumstances a victim may be eligible to receive punitive damages. These are basically damages that are imposed against a defendant to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior.
There are some circumstances when a judge or jury may be more likely to impose punitive damages against a defendant. One such example is when an individual leaves the scene of an accident. Certain aggravating circumstances, such as being involved in a hit-and-run, often give rise to punitive damages. The judge or jury also will look into the circumstances of the event and determine what non-economic damages can be awarded. Some non-economic damages include those for pain and suffering, mental suffering, and enjoyment of life.
Have You Been Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident in Florida?
The Dean Law Firm is comprised of dedicated personal injury attorneys with years of experience litigating hit-and-run accidents. Personal injury cases can often be complex and involve a series of parties. Furthermore, these types of accidents require the investigation of the parties and compliance with mandatory filings and deadlines. To increase your chances of success, contact one of our attorneys today at 352-387-8700 to schedule a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your past medical bills, your future medical expenses, and other damages related to your injuries.
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Tampa City Truck Driver Kills Toddler in Accident, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published September 12, 2014.