Experiencing a car accident is bad enough on its own, but unfortunately, the trouble doesn't stop there. At the very least you need to exchange information with the other people involved in the accident. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents occur daily, and they are extremely detrimental to the victims. There is an obvious moral issue with failing to take responsibility for the damage you have caused, but what about the legal ramifications? Here are just a few of the reasons why you should never flee the scene of a car accident:
It is a crime.
...and being convicted of a crime is expensive. If you don't think a "hit and run" is a big deal, you're absolutely wrong. A ticket for leaving the scene can result in either felony or misdemeanor charges, depending on the details of your particular case. At the very least, you can expect some pretty hefty fines. The other monetary consequence is obviously going to come in the form of restitution to your victim.
You could find yourself behind bars.
In addition to the financial expense, imagine what would happen if your case is severe enough to warrant jail time? That's certainly a possibility, especially if someone suffers significant injuries or death as a result of your carelessness. If someone has died in your hit-and-run, you will very likely be charged with a felony, which could mean a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, in some cases.
You won't be going anywhere for a while.
...because your license may be suspended or revoked. Can you imagine being permanently dependent upon others every time you want to go somewhere? Even if you are brave enough to attempt driving after your license has been revoked, you may not have a vehicle to drive. In some cases, vehicles involved in a hit-and-run are impounded (which also added to the financial expense, by way of daily impound and storage fees).
You can be sure that you will be sued.
Any person who has been the victim of a hit-and-run is going to contact their attorney right away. They are also going to contact law enforcement. It would be silly not to. They will pursue you, and in this age of sophisticated technology, it is very likely that you will be found. When they find you, unless you are immediately able to reimburse your victim for any personal injuries and property damage, you can expect to see them in court.
If you have been on either end of a hit-and-run accident, you should speak with an attorney right away. The longer you wait, the more trouble you will have being compensated for the damages. Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free initial consultation. Let us handle all of the complexities of your case, while you focus on getting well and getting back to doing the things that you enjoy most.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.