Hit and Run Car Crash
A hit-and-run car crash is a type of accident where the driver of one vehicle leaves the scene of the crash without providing their information to the other driver or to the police. Hit-and-run crashes are illegal in most jurisdictions, and the driver who leaves the scene can be charged with a crime.
There are a number of reasons why a driver might leave the scene of a car crash, including:
They are afraid of being arrested. If the driver is intoxicated or driving without a license, they may be afraid of being arrested if they stay at the scene of the crash.
They are trying to avoid insurance liability. If the driver does not have insurance, they may be trying to avoid being held liable for the other driver's injuries or property damage.
They are fleeing the scene of another crime. If the driver was involved in another crime, such as a robbery or a drug deal, they may be trying to escape from the police.
No matter what the reason, leaving the scene of a car crash is a serious offense. In addition to the criminal charges that the driver may face, they may also be held civilly liable for the other driver's injuries or property damage.
If you are involved in a hit-and-run car crash, there are a few things you should do:
Check for injuries. If you or anyone else is injured, call 911 immediately.
Stay at the scene of the accident. Do not move your vehicle unless it is blocking traffic or posing a safety hazard.
Exchange information with any witnesses. This includes their names, addresses, and contact information.
Call the police and file a report. The police will investigate the accident and try to identify the hit-and-run driver.
Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the scene of the accident. This will help to document the accident and support your claim with your insurance company.
If you are unable to identify the hit-and-run driver, you may still be able to file a claim with your insurance company. However, your insurance company may not be able to recover all of your losses from the hit-and-run driver.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run car crash, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. An attorney can help you file a claim with your insurance company and can also help you to recover compensation from the hit-and-run driver if they are ever identified.
Call the attorneys at Funk Law Group at 713-449-5771!