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Legal Representation in Hit-and-Run Accidents
You're driving down the street when you accidentally hit a car or a pedestrian. Panic sets in and, rather than stopping, you drive away. In this day and age, hit-and-run drivers often get caught. Traffic cameras, security cameras and bystanders with cell phones capture pictures of cars, their license plates and their drivers.
If you've been involved in a hit-and-run accident, don't wait until the police come calling. Hire a criminal defense lawyer who has experience representing drivers who are at fault in traffic accidents.
The Legal Consequences of a Hit & Run
Under normal circumstances, if you're at-fault in an automobile accident, there are a couple types of repercussions:
- Criminal: Police may ticket you for breaking a traffic law and causing an accident. Perhaps you were following too closely to the vehicle in front of you or ran a red light, leading to the accident. Or maybe you were doing something more serious, such as driving under the influence, drag racing or driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Depending on the severity of the accident and your crime, you face fines, a suspended or revoked driver's license, probation and even jail time.
- Civil: If you're at fault in a car crash, you'll be responsible for paying for repairs to the other driver's car as well as medical expenses if the driver or passengers were injured. Typically, your automobile insurance will pay these costs, but if you don't have insurance or you don't have enough insurance, you may be personally liable for the costs.
When you're involved in a hit-and-run accident, the criminal charges, in particular, will mount. You may be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Depending on the state in which the accident occurred and whether you hit another vehicle or a person, this may be either a misdemeanor or a felony crime.
If a person was injured or killed in the accident, you may also be charged with failing to render aid.
Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer Immediately
As soon as possible after your accident, hire a criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer will help you understand the legal consequences of your actions and can explain your legal options.
Depending on the nature of the accident and your actions after the accident, your attorney may be able to convince prosecutors to reduce the charges against you. For example, charges might be lighter if you turned yourself into police or suffered an injury in the accident that affected your judgment.