It’s a horrifying thought to believe that someone would leave the scene of an accident in which you’re badly hurt. You may be unable to make a call for help or even to move from the position you’re in. You could be trapped in your vehicle or struggle with confusion from a head injury.
All in all, there are few good excuses for leaving the scene of an accident without checking on the health of the others involved. Their health and safety may rely on your ability to seek help for them.
Generally speaking, a hit-and-run collision comes with heavy penalties. This is partially to do with the fact that the hit-and-run driver was reckless and negligent, and it’s also to do with the reality that he or she wasted police time and energy. Even if a person isn’t responsible for the crash, he or she should stay at the scene if his or her vehicle was involved.
The majority of hit-and-run cases fall under misdemeanor or felony classifications instead of traffic violations. Attempting to evade responsibility and harming another person makes this situation one that the authorities cannot overlook. For victims, finding the person who hit them is extremely important, so that they can seek compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered and the damages to their property.
If you’re involved in a hit-and-run crash, you need to do all you can to remember the vehicle color, make, model, license plate or other identifying information about the driver. Our site has more on what to do if you’re involved in a crash.