While being involved in traffic collisions is, in itself, not a violent crime, the case is different if it is a hit and run accident. When a driver flees the scene after an accident, he or she may be charged with hit and run. For many reasons, this can be problematic.
There are a lot of reasons why accidents may occur. These include negligence of the speed limit, texting while driving (distracted driving), reckless driving, and driving under the influence, among others. Car accident victims often have to deal with a serious injury, pain and suffering, and property damage. As such, most accident victims sue and file criminal charges against an offender. Most also opt to pursue accident claims so they can get compensated for economic damages and medical expenses required by serious injuries. However, if the perpetrator was caught leaving the scene, he or she could face fines, penalties, or even imprisonment.
If you have been involved in an accident, call the police department and your accident attorney right away. Furthermore, look into the frequently asked questions below to know more about hit and runs:
If I am not at fault for the auto accident, will it still be considered as a hit and run?
It would still be considered as a hit and run because the accountability of a motorist is not a factor. You are still required to stay at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. If there are witnesses who can corroborate your claim on the car accident case, make sure you also exchange contact information with them as well.
If the vehicle is barely damaged, will it still be classified under hit and run accidents?
Yes, it will still be considered as a hit and run even if there was no fatality and the traffic collision only caused minor damage. Such a traffic accident could be seen as a misdemeanor offense. Even the slightest damage is taken into account.
Can a hit and run accident be considered a felony?
It could be. A collision with another vehicle in a parking lot, for example, is often classified as a misdemeanor if there was no bodily injury involved. However, in some instances, aggravating circumstances may make a misdemeanor into a felony, depending on the severity of the accident injuries of the victims.
Can a hit and run conviction suspend a driver’s license?
Being charged with this criminal offense can potentially suspend or revoke your driver’s license (depending on the prosecution and relevant state law).
Car accidents with no personal injury or fatalities involved are considered a misdemeanor and may not lead to license revocation. Convictions, however, add two DMV points to your driving record. On the other hand, a traumatic and fatal crash will likely be raised to a felony charge and will result in license revocation for a misdemeanor and a felony charge.
Will my insurance company cover damages after a hit and run traffic collision?
Insurance companies will still include damages in your insurance coverage. However, they may invoke certain clauses in your insurance policy that prior involvement with DUI or driving while intoxicated may affect your insurance claim.
If I am being investigated by the state police, do I have to communicate with them?
You are not obliged to answer questions from the police for the accident report. You should call your accident lawyer in case you are being investigated by the police.
Contact your car accident attorney immediately if you are involved in a car accident. While fleeing the scene seems simpler, it is not. Never leave the scene of the accident. Park in a safe area and provide details such as your name, contact information, and license plate number with the other party.
Protect your legal rights. Seek legal help from an experienced defense attorney if you find yourself on the receiving end of a possible car accident lawsuit. Contact our team at the Law Offices of Marc Grossman for a free consultation and case evaluation.