It has been estimated by the government that around 11 percent of all accidents are hit and runs. Some states report a much higher percentage, and in most states, this percentage has risen in the last ten years. If you read the news, you may see a story about a hit and run accident more than once a week, either locally or nationally.
A hit and run is defined as someone not stopping after an accident has occurred. This may be the case whether a pedestrian or another vehicle was hit. You are required by law to stop and exchange information when you are involved in an accident. If you have hit a car and there are no witnesses around, you must leave a note with your information. Failing to do this may get you in serious trouble.
If you are the victim of a hit and run, it is important that you know what you should do. The first, and perhaps most obvious thing, is to assess your or your passenger’s condition. Calling the police and giving them all the information you can about the party who fled is also an important step. If there were any witnesses, any information they can provide is extremely helpful.
You should contact your insurance company to make sure you are covered for hit and run accidents. If you have been injured or your vehicle damaged and your insurance policy does not cover this type of accident, you should speak with an attorney with experience in these types of cases.
If you are the perpetrator in a hit and run accident, you need to understand that punishment is steep. While it depends on the state the accident occurred, the extent of the damage, any injuries, and your cooperation with authorities, civil and criminal penalties may be forthcoming. These include fines, loss or suspension of your license, insurance or points from the DMV, and possible probation or jail time.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, please contact the experienced Oklahoma hit and run lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys for legal guidance. Our Oklahoma hit and run attorneys have offices in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Posted by Patti