Most collisions between cars and people on a bicycle result in injury to the bicyclist. The person on the bicycle almost always goes down and often is injured or killed. There is hardly ever significant damage to the vehicle. It only takes a slight bump to put the bike down and most of the time, panic sets in, and when it does, the driver simply speeds away. Since the person on the bike goes down and gets injured, they almost never get a tag number or accurate description of either the car or the driver. Many of the car/bike crashes occur at night in dimly lit areas and are not witnessed by anyone else. The person on the bicycle may have no clue who hit them. Getting prompt medical attention may save a life. That is the very reason the penalties are stiff when it comes to hit and run. It is one thing to drive away from a car you bumped in a parking lot. It is quite another to drive away from a person critically injured laying possibly in traffic. The police and the prosecutors take this seriously and a conviction can land you in State Prison.
The accident may not have been your fault.
With more and more bicycles on the road, there are more and more crashes. The problem is most of the people on bikes pay absolutely no attention to the rules of the road. They run stop lights, the ride on the wrong side of the road, they ride on sidewalks on the wrong side of the road flying through intersections. They also may be impaired. People who have DUI convictions and have lost their license ride bicycles. They may have lost their license but they are still drinking and are still on the road, now on a two wheel bike. Drunk, they cannot walk, much less balance themselves and ride a bike. Often night time collisions involve a bicyclist with no lights on the back of the bike. The accident may well have not been your fault. The crime occurs when you drive away. If you had stayed on the scene, you may not have been ticketed or arrested. It is the “leaving” that causes the problem. It is the “leaving” that causes the problem. There may be few witnesses, little physical evidence and “causation” is generally an issue. We have been defending people charged with leaving the scene for decades. A good criminal defense lawyer generally makes a huge difference in the outcome. If you are under investigation and have not yet been arrested, it is critical that you “lawyer up” immediately. Your statement may be the nail in your coffin when it comes to being arrested and prosecuted. Call us immediately if you have panicked and left the scene. We may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor and work out some type of resolution that does not involve getting arrested or charged. In Ft. Myers, 239 334 8890. In Sarasota call 941 366 3506
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