Let’s face it: we have all been at fault for some sort of accident in our lives. They occur with no intention to inflict harm or loss to other people. This is why we call them accidents. The important thing is what we do after the accident occurs. It is important to take responsibility for our actions.
When it comes to auto accidents, there are times when the driver flees the scene of the accident. This is known as a hit-and-run accident. While some people flee the scene of the accident with little regard for others in the accident, others are forced to leave due to other circumstances.
After an auto accident, it is important to be able to know how to handle the situation in order to not be accused of a hit-and-run accident. Three things you should do after an accident to ensure this are:
- Stop. As a driver involved in an auto accident, you need to stop the vehicle immediately. You should stop as close to the scene as possible without blocking oncoming traffic and in a safe place.
- Assist others. You should always assist others who have been injured in the accident. Calling 911 immediately should always be done when injury is involved. This may also include the transportation of an injured person to the nearest hospital if necessary.
- Exchange information. You information should be given to the local authorities as well as the driver and other passengers who may have been injured. The information should include name, address, driver’s license number and registration.
If you have been accused of a hit-and-run accident, it is important to seek legal representation. To learn how you can do this—and to learn more about your legal options—fill out the contact form on this page.