Former Basketball Star Cited for Leaving the Scene of Florida Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on August 8, 2011

Port Charlotte personal injury attorneyFlorida authorities have cited former NBA player Alonzo Mourning with leaving the scene of a Florida car crash that occurred earlier this month in Miami, Reuters reports. The incident highlights the importance of understanding your obligations following a Florida motor vehicle accident.

According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Thomas Pikul, Mourning’s 2010 Porsche Panamera S struck a car blocking a Miami Beach roadway as the result of a prior accident early on July 17. Mourning checked on the people from the first crash, left the scene, and then called authorities to say he had been involved in a collision, Pikul said.

Although no one was in the car Mourning hit, and the crash was deemed "an unavoidable accident" by Florida authorities, Mourning should have remained at the scene of the accident until police arrived. "If he had stayed, this wouldn't have been an issue," Pikul told Reuters. "He would have a crash report, and he would have been on his way."

Instead, the former Heat star has been charged with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, which carries a mandatory court appearance. Mourning also faces a Florida personal injury lawsuit related to the accident.

For Florida drivers who may be unaware of their obligations following a Florida car accident, below is a brief summary.

Under Florida law, drivers have a duty to give information and render aid following an accident. The driver must provide his or her name, address, and registration number. The driver must also show his or her license to any person injured in the accident or to the driver of any vehicle damaged in the accident. All of the above information is required to be given to any police officer investigating the accident.

Drivers also have a duty to render reasonable assistance to any person injured in the accident, including the carrying, or making arrangements for the carrying, of an injured person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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