It can be very confusing and difficult to deal with a hit and run incident, especially if you are the victim or the accident. Hit and run accident does raise a number of legal problems; potential civil and criminal cases for the runner who caused the accident, and the problems that the victim will face in order to get compensation. The legal consequences of a hit and run accident goes far beyond a simple traffic accident, as more likely the victim would have suffered serious injuries and feeling the scene of the accident makes the runner more blameworthy.
Laws regarding hit and run accidents require drivers to stop, give their identification and provide assistance to the victim or victims. This ensures that victims of auto accidents are given the necessary medical assistance for their injuries and property damage is covered by compensation. In statutes that do not specify hit and run should only occur in public roads, hit and run that occurred in private property can also be considered a violation of the law.
Just as with any personal injury claims, there are certain factors that should be present in order to make a hit and run viable. First, the driver should have knowledge of the accident, even if the evidence is circumstantial. Williams Kherkher is among the many personal injury lawyers who help represent victims of auto accident and hit and runs, and the responsibilities of the driver who hit the victim may vary depending on the state. Some states require drivers to stop, assist, and give their ID to the victim regardless of whether there is injury or property damage, while some states require drivers to be aware of the accident and resulting injuries and damages before stopping. Providing the necessary identification (name, address, and phone number) is generally enough for the requirement, and those who give out false information may risk criminal prosecution.