A KIA minivan allegedly turned in front of an Audi sedan causing the Audi to flip and roll many times critically injuring its driver. The crash was caught on video which showed the KIA taking a left turn off of U.S. 41 into the path of the Audi which then swerved attempting to avoid a collision, but the KIA clipped the driver’s side rear quarter panel of the Audi causing it to roll over several times.
The crash happened Thursday morning, February 28, 2019, and could be seen on from a video captured by a hotel security camera. The driver of the Audi was partially ejected in the crash, and the driver of the KIA was seen taking off after waiting around for about seven seconds.
The dramatic video showed the contact between the vehicles and the Audi flipping several times hitting at least two parked cars before coming to a rest on it hood in the parking lot. Police are looking for the driver of a white KIA Sedona, and are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them at (941) 751-8350.
Hit-and-run crashes are in the increase in the United States while the number of auto crashes per capita has been on the decline in the last decade. According to a study by the American Automobile Association, there were 2,049 hit-and-run fatalities in 2018, a 60 percent increase from 2009 while in the same decade, there was a 10 percent decrease in all vehicle accident fatalities.
There is an average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes yearly making that one every 14 minutes or 102 a day. Per capita, Florida shares the top spot in hit-and-run fatalities with New Mexico and Louisiana.
Why do People Leave the Scene?
Although it’s unclear why the driver in the above-mentioned accident left the scene, there are several reasons why people leave the scene:
- Not aware they hit someone: Although this is a common excuse, in some cases it turns out to be true. If the impact is slight enough, and the driver is distracted, he or she might not be aware.
- Impaired: Some drivers fell that getting in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident is less trouble than getting a DUI charge.
- No license/warrant for arrest: Many people run because they are driving without a license or have a warrant for their arrest, and they don’t want to get into further trouble.
When a person is victim of a hit-and-run, their chances of death go up, according to statistics. At first blush this doesn’t seem to make sense as the accident itself doesn’t seem to be any different in a hit-and-run, just that the driver fled.
However, experts give a couple of reasons why there are higher fatalities with a hit-and-run. First, many times, help for the victim is delayed. This happens when no one is around to witness the accident, and the driver flees leaving the victim alone with no help. In many cases, this means that help is delayed, and if it was critical for the victim to get immediate first aid—car on fire or severe bleeding—then when the driver takes off, the victim is denied this critical help.
Second, some hit-and-run drivers have stated that it was the seriousness of the accident that made them leave. They felt that they would be in great trouble, so they simply took off. Although it seems illogically when looking at it from hindsighe, experts say that people don’t always act sensibly and logically when they are under great stress.
Liability for an accident is usually covered by a person’s auto insurance, however, if the driver isn’t known, this causes problems for the victim. This puts stress on the victim as they try to figure out how they are going to cover their bills. If the driver eventually gets caught, then that driver’s insurance will pay for the damages.
However, if the at-fault driver is never found, then the injured has fewer options. One thing might be to check their own policy for a “medpay” or “personal injury policy” (PIP) which will pay the injured person no matter who was at fault. Typically, medpay will only pay for medical bills, while PIP will pay for medical bills plus a few other losses like lost wages.
However, if the injured person’s insurance doesn’t cover that, then there may not be any coverage available. Some cities or states have victims’ funds that might cover some losses, but this not a certainty.
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