Getting into a car accident is not only inconvenient, it can also cause devastating injuries and emotional trauma that can change the course of your life. The circumstances surrounding the accident can add to the stress, creating more difficulty for the innocent parties involved.
This is especially true if you are involved in a hit and run accident. A hit and run accident occurs when one driver, typically the driver at fault for the accident, flees the scene to avoid the consequences of the accident.
The Consequences for Fleeing the Scene of an Accident
Whether or not you are responsible for the accident, it is illegal to leave the scene before speaking with the other driver and law enforcement if they are involved. Depending on where you live, and the exact circumstances of the accident, the consequences could vary in severity. In many states, a hit and run involving an injured person is considered to be a felony and fines can range from 5,000 to 20,000 dollars.
I was Injured in a Hit and Run, Can I File a Lawsuit?
If you sustained injury in an accident and the driver responsible fled the scene, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Whether or not the accident was a hit and run, if another driver acted negligently and caused the accident, you may be able to secure damages in court. In the case of a hit and run, it isn’t uncommon for the court to award additional monetary damages to the injured party.
Winning a personal injury case involving a hit and run accident requires that you understand the court system and are able to provide sufficient evidence in the court. Not only must you prove that you were injured, you must also be able to prove that the party who fled caused your injuries because of their negligent behavior. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer is your best chance at winning your personal injury claim. To learn more about working with the knowledgeable attorneys at Howe & Associates Personal Injury Law Firm, click here or call 404-285-4205