When is it acceptable to leave the scene of a car accident?


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Question:

When is it acceptable to leave the scene of a car accident?

Answer:

The havoc of an auto accident can make it confusing to know what to do at the scene of a car accident. Regardless of the type of accident, it is never acceptable to leave the scene of a car accident.

Most states require motorists to notify the police any time a car accident occurs. In fact, in some states leaving the scene of an accident can impose criminal liability on an individual. The police will then make a report of the accident that can be used to support insurance claims or in any accident litigation. The only situations in which it is acceptable to leave the scene of an auto accident are when remaining at the scene of the accident runs the risk of the individual receiving more harm or if he is transported by emergency medical technicians to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Leaving the scene of an accident indicates fault for the accident. The thought is that to avoid being held liable for an accident the individual merely left the scene to evade police. This may impose liability for an accident on an individual that was, actually, innocent. The police are able to identify drivers who leave the scene of the accident through witness statements about the license plate number or by reviewing video coverage from nearby cameras.

Getting Legal Advice

If you have been involved in an accident in which you or another driver left the scene, seek legal assistance. A lawyer will discuss with you how you can obtain compensation for your damages and how leaving the accident scene may impact your claim.

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