Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage is against the law in Pennsylvania. It's an action punishable by significant fines or even jail time.
However, this doesn't stop some drivers from speeding away from an accident and their responsibilities.
There are a number of reasons why a driver may choose to break the law and leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident, including:
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Operating a vehicle without a license
- Driving without insurance
- Driving a stolen vehicle
- Outstanding warrants
None of these “reasons” absolves motorists of their legal responsibility to stop and wait for the police after an accident.
Victims of hit-and-run crashes often face significant physical and financial challenges, including serious injuries; extended time off from work while they heal; and more unexpected medical debt than they can manage—all because of another driver's negligence. They shouldn't be forced to shoulder these burdens on their own and with help, they may not have to.
Victims with uninsured motorist insurance coverage may be entitled to benefits under their policies. In some cases, law enforcement and attorneys may be able to determine the identity of the hit-and-run driver.
If you were hurt, sustained property damage, or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run crash, you deserve both justice and compensation for your losses. Whether that compensation comes from the at-fault driver or your insurance company, an attorney can help you fight for the financial recovery you need.
Were You the Victim of a Hit-and-Run Accident?
The legal team with the Accident and Injury Law Group has a long track record of helping Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident victims secure the financial recovery they deserve—even if the at-fault driver left the scene.
Do you have questions about a hit-and-run accident case? Our attorneys can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation.