Aaron Cohen Bill Sent to the Governor
Hit and run accidents are among the worst accidents one can experience. To flee the scene of an accident shows a basic lack of compassion and empathy for other people. The law punishes people harshly for running away from accidents. The Florida legislature has decided to make it even harsher. In 2012, Aaron Cohen was killed on the Rickenbacker Causeway while he was cycling. He died at the scene of the accident. People were outraged at the results of the criminal trial. Despite the driver driving illegally and on probation for cocaine charges, he was sentenced to just 364 days in jail and got out 100 days early. He was eligible for up to 35 years.
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, decided that cases like this should have higher minimum sentences and drafted legislation. Now that legislation is on its way to the governor. Among other things, it adds a four year minimum sentence to hit and run drivers who have their victims die.
Hit and run victims are also eligible for civil damages, depending on the situation. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, don’t wait. Call our law offices immediately for a free consultation. We will work hard to help you get the financial resources you need to move on with your life.