Hit-and-Run Driver? Be Prepared to Face the Consequences

As hit-and-run accidents have been on the increase in past years, failing to stop after being in an accident can result in major punishments.

If injury was inflicted in the hit-and-run accident:

1. Fines and imprisonment will depend on the state’s law and the severity of the damage.

2. The driver should come to a stop, even if the person the driver hits is a fault.

3. Personal injury lawsuits can be filed against the driver who caused the injuries in the accident.

4. If a person died in a hit-and-run accident, surviving relatives can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Their claim must be submitted with the statute of limitations.

If there is only property damage (no personal injury) follow these steps to prevent hit-and-run charges:

1. Stop at the nearest location therefore you do not cause traffic.

2. You should present your driver’s license and vehicle registration to the owner of the damaged property or to the other driver. The other driver should supply these documents as well.

3. If you have hit a parked vehicle, or property in which the owner is not present, the driver should leave a written notice with contact information. If you do not provide this information, you will be liable for hit-and-run charges.

4. If you do not comply with these requirements, you will be guilty of misdemeanor, will face jail time and will be responsible to pay a fine.

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