Imagine the horror of accidentally striking a bicyclist, backing into a young child, or crashing your car into a pedestrian in the Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda Publix shopping center. How would you feel? What are the first three things you would think to do when it comes to motor vehicle accidents in Charlotte County? According to this article in Slate online magazine, which was also discussed on National Public Radio just a few days ago, an alarming number of people in some other parts of the world intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit rather than provide them aid. These types of car “accidents” have been referred to as “double-hit cases”. Please be advised the article contains graphic descriptions of actual accidents caught on film, as well as links to the film itself, and is incredibly disheartening to read.
Based on the research of the article’s author, a law professor at Fordham University in New York who is a partner in the New York law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, it has become economically more beneficial for drivers in some other countries to kill pedestrians and bicyclists rather than “merely” injure them. This phenomenon has become common enough that an adage has been adopted to describe it: “It is better to hit to kill than to hit and injure”. In these locales, the cost of compensating for a life lost is less than the cost of paying for a lifetime of medical care.
The purpose of this post is three-fold:
- To get readers to think about the level of automobile insurance coverage they need. Do you have enough automobile insurance coverage should you be involved in a motor vehicle accident in Charlotte County?
- To get readers to think about their responsibility, both financially and as human beings, should they cause tragic motor vehicle accidents in Charlotte County.
- To appreciate that while automobile insurance laws are weaker than they should be, and the very limited levels of coverage required by the Florida Legislature are far, far less than what they should be required in order to be considered a responsible motorist, these cited “double-hit cases” would clearly not be tolerated by any Court or jury in Florida in regards to motor vehicle accidents in Charlotte County.
Please drive responsibly, protect yourselves and others by being a thoughtful and responsible purchaser of appropriate automobile insurance, and always make rendering aid to the injured your top immediate priority should you be involved in a serious motor vehicle accidents in Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood or Sarasota involving injuries. For more information on how to protect yourself and others, CONTACT US anytime.