According to Indiana law, every individual is required to immediately stop their vehicle after an accident involving personal injury, death or property damage. Failure to do this act is frequently known as hit and run or leaving the scene. A person who does not stop after an accident in Indiana could be charged with a criminal offense. Depending on whether death or bodily injury occurs from the accident, an individual can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense if they fail to stop their vehicle after an accident.
It is important to hire an auto accident attorney who is experienced in Indiana traffic violations to represent your best interests for any hit and run offense. A conviction for leaving the scene of an accident without stopping can result in severe punishments and repercussions, including fines, jail or prison sentences, a criminal record and/or a driver’s license suspension.
There are things you should know:
First, if you are in an accident, do not leave the scene. But, if you feel that you must leave the scene for personal safety reasons, stop at the first, nearest location that you feel safe. Immediately call the police from that location.
If you left the scene, did not contact law enforcement and have now come to your senses, do so immediately. Contact an attorney before your contact the appropriate police or sheriff’s office.
If the accident resulted in severe damage to the vehicles, leaving the scene will result in additional charges, because of the danger of vehicles left on public roads or highways. You could face serious legal consequences if you leave the scene of an accident. Further, if you leave the scene without rendering assistance to someone that was seriously injured or died, the penalties will greatly increase. If serious injuries occurred to any of those involved, leaving the scene of the accident can be considered leaving the scene of a crime and there can be significant additional legal consequences.
If the accident resulted in injury to or the death of a person, then the least of your problems will be the suspension or revocation of your license. Permanent revocation is a possibility. Even if no one was injured, you can still face a suspension of your driving privileges.
Seeking Compensation in a Hit-and-Run Case
In most cases, the at-fault driver can be held accountable for the victim’s medical bills, suffering and other related damages. This process becomes more complicated when the driver flees the scene of the crash. The authorities are not always able to track down and apprehend the at-fault driver, which leaves fewer legal options for the victim and the victim’s family.
The Indiana Hit and Run Accident Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in hit-and-run accidents. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.