A Fort Lauderdale man was critically injured in Oakland Park on May 11 when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Joseph Deverson, 22, was struck on Monday night while riding a Go-Ped in Oakland Park. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center with critical injuries, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella.
The week of the accident, investigators said they believed Deverson was struck by a 2013 or newer white BMW 6-series based on parts found at the scene.
“It’s possible the BMW driver did not see the Go-Ped, which is not considered a legal vehicle to operate on a Florida road. If the driver had remained on the scene, he or she may not have faced any charges in the crash,” Moschella said.
Just days ago, authorities reported that a tip led them to the luxury vehicle suspected in the hit-and-run accident. An employee of a Fort Lauderdale condo notified the Broward Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Unit to report seeing the BMW 6-series return to The Palsm with damage on the front passenger side. The vehicle was seized as evidence.
Deverson of Fort Lauderdale remains in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents like this are all too common in South Florida. Fatal hit-and-run car accidents were up 23% in Florida in 2014, and almost half of the victims were pedestrians. There were almost 10,000 hit-and-run accidents reported in Broward County in 2014, and one out of every 5 pedestrians killed in an auto accident die in a hit-and-run accident.
To many, fleeing the scene of an accident defies logic. The truth is many people choose self-preservation over personal and legal responsibility. Last year, Governor Rick Scott signed a law increasing the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident, making it a second-degree felony with a mandatory minimum four year sentence for a driver who is convicted.
The pain and tragedy of being the victim of a car accident is made even worse when the accident is a hit-and-run. Victims may be left defenseless and without medical attention in the crucial moments following the accident, and recovering damages can be made difficult when the at-fault driver flees the scene.
This makes it all the more important to seek a Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney with experience helping hit-and-run accident victims. Even if the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance, the injured victim may be able to recover damages through Florida’s uninsured motorist laws with the help of an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer.
The Fort Lauderdale hit and run accident attorneys at Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead, P.A. understand just how devastating these accidents can be. If you or someone you know has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact our firm at (954) 572-7200 to discuss your potential lawsuit or claim to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.