Most people who flee the scene of an accident do so because they are scared. Sometimes it is instinctual to want to flee when people come face-to-face with chaotic situations. This is especially true if the person who flees is driving without a valid license or car insurance.
What is the Other Person Flees the Scene of the Accident?
If a person leaves the scene of an accident, even if he or she is not at fault, the person may face criminal charges; especially if someone suffers from serious injuries in the accident. Unfortunately, leaving the scene of an accident can have the following consequences:
In most states, it is a misdemeanor hit-and-run if someone leaves the scene of an accident that results in property damage. A misdemeanor usually involves a fine of $1,000 and possible jail time of up to a year.
If the accident involves injuries to others – driver, passenger, or pedestrian – the punishment may be more severe. The penalty for a felony hit-and-run varies from state to state. It is likely, those who flee the scene of an accident that results in injuries, will face incarceration and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
It is a felony in all states if someone leaves the scene of an accident where someone dies.
Process After Defendant Leaves the Scene
If someone makes the mistake of fleeing the scene after an accident, there are ways for him/her to face the consequences of their actions. A police officer will arrive on the scene and will conduct their investigation. This may include you as well as any witnesses who saw the accident. Police officers will look for footage of the accident, such as traffic light cameras, or cameras from nearby businesses. Any evidence that is available will help in trying to find the person who fled the scene. With all of the information provided by you and any witnesses, the police can begin actively searching for the other driver.
The officer may issue a warrant for the arrest of the person who fled the scene and criminal charges may be filed. The officers may ask for the other driver to turn themselves in. It will sound much better to a judge or jury that the driver took responsibility for their actions. Even if the police do not file criminal chargers, you may still be belt to pursue a civil claim for any damages. The judge and/or jury may conclude that the other person’s fleeing from the scene as an admission of some guilt.
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Even if the other parties flee, you should still report your accident and any injuries to the police and your insurance agent. You will not face any penalty for filing a report with the police or with your insurance company. There is a good chance that the other driver is caught and brought in.
If you are suffering from injuries due to the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact Silverthorne Attorneys. Consultations are free!