Most Virginia residents begin driving around age 16. Using a motor vehicle is almost a requirement for modern life in the commonwealth. A vehicle is used for daily routine tasks, from getting groceries, going to and from work, taking kids to events, and everything in between.
The large amount of driving also means a large number of auto accidents. These accidents also result in injuries which are often very serious.
There are many different types of accidents that may result in different individuals being held at fault. Identifying the person at fault may not always be as obvious as one might think. For instance, a driver involved in a hit-and-run accident can expect to get the book thrown at him before the full facts ever come to light.
There are many reasons in which a driver may have left the scene of the accident, including:
- The driver did not willfully leave the scene. They driver may have left the scene of the accident unwillingly. For instance, the driver may have been knocked unconscious and driven away from the scene by another individual to seek medical care.
- No knowledge of damage. While driving, the driver may have hit another vehicle and be uncertain if it was the vehicle or something else. There may have been no damage to either vehicle. Later on the other driver may notice damage and try to file a hit-and-run case.
- Unable to provide assistance. There may have been in injury or instance that prevented the driver from getting out to help the other driver or passengers that were injured in the accident. The injury or instance may have caused the driver to leave the scene in order to seek help or medical attention for themselves.
If you have been accused of a hit-and-run accident, you will need the assistance of an experienced hit-and-run attorney. To learn more about your legal rights, call 757-625-1214 today.