What Happens if I Am in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
Legal Definition of a Hit and Run
According to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 section 24, leaving the scene of an accident is a misdemeanor crime. If someone leaves the scene of an accident when there is physical damage to either vehicle or another person involved has experienced bodily harm or death, they could be considered guilty of a hit and run and subject to fines, jail time, license suspension, and more.
If you are involved in a car accident of any kind, the other driver is supposed to pull over and exchange information with you, even if there does not appear to be any serious damage. Information about the driver’s identity, vehicle identification number, insurance provider, etc. will prove critically important if you need to recover money for medical expenses, vehicle damage, or other losses associated with the accident. When a driver does not stop after an accident, this is considered a criminal act, in no small part because it leaves you without much legal recourse against the driver.
What Are My Options if I’ve Been Hurt in a Hit and Run?
If you’ve been on the other end of a hit and run and have been left to foot the bill for vehicle damage or bodily injuries, you may want to take legal action against the person who caused the accident. Finding the personal responsible may be challenging, but it’s not impossible if you have the right help. After addressing the damage to your car and/or receiving immediate medical attention for your injuries, one of the first things you should do is file a hit and run driver claim with your car insurance company and police department. Then, get in touch with a Boston car accident lawyer by calling (617) 870-3347 or 617-227-8118.
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