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The Legal Consequences of Fleeing from a Traffic Accident

Las Consecuencias Legales de Huir de un Accidente de Tráfico

In this article, we will address a not-so-common but significant issue: the consequences of fleeing the scene of an accident. This situation is particularly delicate and, unfortunately, quite common.

Why Do Some Drivers Flee?

There are various reasons why a driver might decide to leave the scene of an accident. These include not having a driver’s license, lacking insurance, having a criminal record, or being under the influence of alcohol. Fear and panic can push a person to flee, especially if they are intoxicated.

Legal Consequences of Fleeing

Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime that is strictly regulated in many states. The specific laws vary, but the implications are usually severe, including:

  • Criminal Charges: Depending on the accident’s severity, these can range from fines to imprisonment, especially if it results in serious injuries or death.
  • Civil Liability: Besides criminal consequences, fleeing can lead to civil lawsuits. This involves financial compensation for physical damages, mental anguish, and loss of income that the victim might have suffered.

What You Should Do

If you are involved in an accident:

  • Stay at the Scene: Never leave the scene until the police arrive.
  • Call the police. It is crucial to do this immediately to have an official report made.
  • Document the Accident: Take photos and record videos of the site and the vehicles involved.
  • Provide Assistance: If there are injured people, provide or seek immediate help.

Contact a Lawyer

If you are involved in an accident, it is wise to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A professional can offer you the necessary advice and help you navigate the complexities of the legal system.

Fleeing from an accident only complicates the situation and can turn a minor incident into a major problem with serious legal repercussions. Remember, responsibility and prudence are not only legal obligations but also moral ones.

For more information or legal advice, do not hesitate to contact us. You can leave us your questions through our form on our Abogados Centro Legal website or call us directly at 205-506-2129.

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