Traffic accidents are common in the bustling streets of major cities. However, compounded with this, we encounter hit-and-run situations that are even more distressing and challenging for the injured party. This irresponsible behavior leaves behind material damage and complicates the legal actions the injured person is entitled to take.
When a driver leaves the accident scene without calling 911, seeking help, or providing basic information, it escalates the severity of the incident for both the victim and themselves.
Consequences for the victim
In many instances, the physical consequences are severe, as some injuries require immediate medical attention, and by not assisting, more time than necessary may elapse. Emotional traumas such as anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder can also linger. Another issue is identifying the culprit; if no witnesses could record the car’s details, finding the responsible party would take longer.
Consequences for the responsible party
An accident can happen to anyone, but fleeing the scene is a severe crime. It can result in additional charges, imprisonment, fines, and the suspension of the driver’s license.
For victims, it is crucial to report the incident immediately and obtain contact information from potential witnesses to assist in the investigation, thereby increasing the chances of finding the culprit.
A team of experienced lawyers can help you gather all vital information for your case, such as security cameras near your accident, to identify and locate the responsible vehicle and driver. Remaining at the scene and providing assistance is essential for creating a safer and more empathetic city.