Although experiencing any accident is frustrating, hit-and-run accidents are particularly more difficult because of the impact they have on the victim. Hit-and-run accidents have been on the rise recently, leaving victims angry and helpless. Here’s what you should know about hit-and-run accidents.
A Hit-and-Run is a Felony
In most states, leaving the scene of a car accident is a felony on its own, but if the victim is fatally injured, the person who left the scene could face many more felony charges. There are many reasons drivers leave the scene of a crash, whether they fear the consequences of driving with an expired license, are driving under the influence, or are just plain afraid, but not stopping is likely to cause you to get into much more trouble.
The Victim Faces The Consequences
Many victims are left to pay for the damages of the crash out of pocket. This is usually because they carry the minimum coverage necessary. This means that if the hit-and-run driver is not caught, the victim will have be held responsible for the damage.
Leaving a Note is Just Fine (If You Call the Police).
If you accidentally hit a parked vehicle, it is perfectly legal to leave a note. It is your responsibility to make reasonable effort to contact the owner of the vehicle. You should also provide a police report so that the damage is accounted for. Don’t think that because you can’t wait around for the driver to come out (say you hit a car in a mall parking lot) that you are off the hook.
Austin Attorney for Hit-and-Run Accidents
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hit-and-run, you may be able to receive compensation for your damage. Contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas online or call us toll-free at 1-866-760-0358 for a free consultation. We have over 50 years of combined experience helping clients.