The person liable in a car accident or any other kind of accident is bound to face charges and should award damages to the victim of his negligence. All of that is stated under the law. No one is above the law and non-compliance to it is punishable with fines or imprisonment. But no matter how strong the implementation of the law is, there are some people who will still try to outsmart the justice system. Case in point is those who pull off a hit-and-run accident.
Hit-and-run, leaving the scene or hit-and-skip is more popularly known as an act pulled off by the driver of a vehicle in which he fails to stop, help, and assume responsibility for hitting a pedestrian or another car, but instead runs away to avoid being punished. The driver may have panicked after meeting the accident or are afraid of the possible consequences for his negligence. But there are four more specific reasons why a driver runs away after an accident, which may further prove the driver's recklessness.
- Driving under the influence or doing anything that is considered a driving distraction.
- Unlicensed or uninsured driving: The driver may have been driving while his license is suspended or revoked, or he may not have the necessary insurance for drivers and cars.
- Self-preservation: The driver may have a status he should protect or he is trying to hide information about the car.
- Aggressive driving, or immaturity or lack of experience behind the wheel.
Victims of this accident may experience psychological trauma, a permanent injury or in worst case, death. The hit and run injury accident has an effect not only to the victim, but also to the family and friends of the victim. Sorrow and anger are usually due to the fact that the person liable is nowhere to be found or in hiding, and the family is not receiving justice for what happened.
In case of a car accident, do not run away. The authorities can track you down themselves and the consequences will be harder if they find that you ran away from an accident. Instead, call the police and tell them what happened. Once they are at the scene, do not speak until you are asked. Answer their questions but do not admit the blame. Let them investigate by using evidence.
If you turned yourself in, chances are the severity of penalty will be lighter because the authorities will allow you to enter a plea to a lesser offense. If the pedestrian you hit only suffered minimum injuries, your jail time will also be less.