Hit and run car accidents are far too common. In performing a search for “hit and run car accidents” on The Seattle Times, we quickly found these headlines:
- Feb. 14, 2014 – Woman booked for DUI after hit-and-run with motorcycle in Lynnwood
- Jan. 31, 2014 – Teen sentenced to probation in Oregon leaf-pile hit-and-run
- Feb 10, 2014 – Teen injured by hit-and-run driver in Lacey
- March 19, 2014 – Kirkland man charged in fatal Kenmore hit-and-run
- January 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM – North Bend teen sentenced to 15 months for fatal hit and run
- January 20, 2014 – Hit-and-run collision kills 2, injures 1 in Vancouver
With all of these headlines, one almost wonders, “Doesn’t anyone stop after an accident anymore?” The truth of the matter is that nearly 11% of all motor vehicle accidents reported to police are of the hit and run variety. Hit and run simply means that the driver who was at fault in the accident left the accident scene without seeking medical aid for the injured and without providing identification and insurance information as is required by law.
Every year, at least 1,500 people are killed in hit and run auto accidents and scores more suffer serious injuries.
That leaves us to ask, “Why do motorists hit and run?”
Often hit and run drivers are caught or they turn themselves in. Some common excuses for their behavior includes:
- I was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
- I had a warrant out on another charge.
- I didn’t have insurance.
- I didn’t have a valid driver’s license.
- I was driving a friend’s car.
- I was doing something I shouldn’t have been doing when the accident occurred.
First of all, anyone with a driver’s license should know it is a class B or class C felony to leave the scene of an accident. Leaving the accident scene most often results in a jail sentence and/or fines.
Hit and Run Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a hit and run car accident, you may be seeking legal assistance. One of the best pieces of advice that the personal injury attorneys at The Farber Law Group can give you is to file a police report and contact your insurance company. You need a formal record of the accident. A formal record can help you once the hit and driver is located.
You should try to find witnesses to the accident and write down anything you can remember about the vehicle that hit you.
You may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help answer your questions as to your legal options.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously. Contact us at 1-800-244-9087 to schedule a FREE and confidential case evaluation.
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