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How To File A Hit And Run Accident Claim

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents can happen any time. For some people, the first thing that will come to their mind is to leave the scene of the crime. However, doing so may likely put you in hot water and may result to serious legal ramifications. Running away from the scene of an accident is called hit and run. In some states, collision with an animal is also called “hit and run.”

In majority of the states, it does not matter whether you caused the accident or not. The only exception to the hit and run rule is when you need to access emergency assistance provided that you immediately return to the scene of the accident. In some states, hit and run accidents need not happen on the highway or public road but can happen even in the parking lot. Let us say that you accidentally bumped into an unoccupied car and did not leave your contact information that is hit and run.

According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, a hit and run accident can have fatal consequences on the victims involved. Such accidents may result to hospitalization, loss of income, physical harm, and others. Hit and run is considered as a criminal offense and the penalties that will be imposed may vary from one state to another. In some states, criminal offense can either be classified as felony or misdemeanor. To be classified as a felony, most states define hit and run as leaving the scene of accident when there is an injured person.

Felony hit and run comes with a fine ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. It is also possible for the defendant to get a jail sentence. Depending on the nature of the accident and the resulting injuries, the possible jail term is up to 15 years. Aside from criminal liability, hit and run may also carry administrative penalties. The penalties are usually determined by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Whether for felony or misdemeanor, hit and run may entail a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

Finally, hit and run may also be a civil liability and the person involved in the crash may hold you liable for any damages they incurred.

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