Auto collisions are generally accidental incidences that occur due to the negligence of one driver or the other. In most cases, both drivers act responsibly, and they take appropriate legal action and help each other get to safety. However, in some cases, drivers leave the scene of the collision without even getting out to check and see what happened. Anyone guilty of partaking in a hit-and-run accident will be held legally accountable for the harm they caused to everyone around them.
All drivers must follow the law and remain at the scene of the collision. No matter how scared, intimidated, or worried they are, they should make sure to park their vehicle in a safe area and exchange information with the other driver so that fault can be established, and proper settlement can be given. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem as if any harm or any injuries were suffered at the time of the accident, but symptoms of whiplash and back pain may come up later. If a person wants a fair chance at winning a settlement and receiving financial reimbursement for the pain they suffered, they should make sure they exchange information with the other drivers.
It may be nerve-wracking to get out and face the other driver after an accident, but this temporary discomfort is a lot better than facing the wrath of the law for leaving the scene of the collision without speaking to the other driver.
What constitutes a hit and run accident in Jackson, MS
If a person fails to exchange essential information with the other driver, or they fail to help arrange medical support for those who need it, or they fail to try and locate the owner of an unattended vehicle that they hit, their actions constitute a hit-and-run accident.
Hit and runs are very devastating for the victim because they leave the victim with no source of compensation for the injuries and damages they suffered. This sort of behavior has profoundly serious legal consequences and can result in a person losing their license and even facing punitive damages because of their irresponsible behavior.
If the collision was small and there were no significant injuries sustained, a person may face fines up to $5000. If it was a serious accident that caused severe injuries or death them a person may have to pay up to $10,000 alongside 2 decades of imprisonment as well.
All victims of hit and run accidents should protect their rights and get in touch with an accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Malouf and Malouf to get the necessary help they need for filing a legal claim.
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