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Florida Hit and Run Accidents on the Rise

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on February 10, 2010

This article in the Hometown News reports that Florida hit-and-run accidents are on the rise, and one victim is trying to understand how a person could hit him with a vehicle and then flee the scene to avoid responsibility. His ordeal began on Nov. 12 when he was riding his motorcycle to an Ormond Beach restaurant to have dinner with his father and brother. He was attempting to turn into the restaurant’s parking lot when the driver of a dark colored Jeep Grand Cherokee drove onto Clyde Morris from Coquina Point right into his path. With another car on his right side, the motorcyclist had nowhere to go to avoid the accident.

The 24-year-old victim has no one to blame for causing the accident and incurred very expensive bills for medical care and a lengthy stay in the hospital. It’s a stretch to say that the victim has been lucky, but 13 fatal hit-and-run accidents occurred in Florida in 2009; and thus far, the Florida Highway Patrol has only solved three of them.

“I smacked my right leg into his bumper,” the victim said from his bed in room 1626 at Halifax, a laptop perched in his lap. “It was far too late to do anything. My leg was pinned, then I just flipped up over the bike and car, did about two or three rolls, and then I remember looking up and noticing that there wasn’t any Jeep around any more.”

The Jeep’s driver then fled from the scene with the victim screaming, “Get that person in the Jeep!” Then he noticed that his leg had been badly mangled by the accident. He underwent three different surgeries in the ensuing eight days. The severity of the compound fracture of his femur required the insertion of a pin to stabilize the fracture.

“I just want whoever did this to confess,” he said. “I mean, it’s not going to happen maybe, but that would be kind of nice.”

Victims of hit-and-run accidents and their families are put in a terrible situation by the recklessness and irresponsibility of others. They must contend with lengthy and expensive hospital stays, long rehabilitative regimens, lost time at work and a wide range of other physical and financial difficulties. Orlando hit-and-run accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been helping hit and run accident victims since 1977. He is a fierce defender of victims’ rights. Schedule a free consultation with attorney James O. Cunningham today.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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