Residents of Florida may benefit from learning more about the trends concerning hit and run crashes in the state, as described by the Florida Highway Patrol. Authorities claim that the rate of these incidents has increased in the past two years. During 2014, more 80,000 hit and run incidents occurred in Florida, representing a 7 percent increase from the previous year. The number of fatalities caused by these offenses increased by 23 percent between 2013 and 2014.
A woman died from her injuries in a car crash that took place on Lakewood Boulevard when she was out shopping for party supplies on May 18. Her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee was struck in the left turn lane by a 2002 Jaguar S-type going west on Davis Boulevard. The 24-year-old driver of the Jaguar was from East Naples, Florida. He was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.04, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that a motorcyclist died in a highway accident on the afternoon of Feb. 4. The 58-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle on the inside lane of Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg. Following the fatal crash, the southbound lanes of the highway were shut down until about 7 p.m.
Florida residents who have suffered an injury on someone else's property may be able to demonstrate the property owner's negligence using the common law principle of res ipsa loquitur. This doctrine can under some circumstances enable a plaintiff to use circumstantial evidence to establish a presumption of negligence.