Within the last decade, the Florida Legislature enacted new legislation which required a mandatory court appearance for "any infraction which results in a crash that causes 'serious bodily injury' of another." Serious bodily injury is defined, in Fla. Stat. 316.1933(1), as "an injury to any person, including the driver, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ." As noted above, this situation applies even when you, the driver, are the only seriously injured party. However, there is a great potential for dismissal when you were the only individual with serious bodily injuries because of the accident report privilege and your ability to have an attorney appear on your behalf.
In addition to the mandatory court hearing, drivers face a potential civil penalty of $500.00, possible court-imposed driving school and/or community service, court costs, and a minimum 90 day license suspension.