Those who have been involved in a hit and run accident are required by law to “stop and give aid”, or if unable to, at least provide important contact information so that the necessary financial compensation will be given to the victim or victims. The driver of the vehicle who hit the victim or the victim’s property is legally bound to (1) stop, (2) present and share identification, and (3) provide necessary first-aid assistance. Even drivers who did not cause the accident can be criminally indicted if they have failed to execute these legal requirements, as well as passengers who help and assist the at-fault driver to run away from the scene. A passenger who takes over the wheel to escape the accident can also be held liable for the hit and run.
Areas such as Killen, Texas, know how difficult it is to be involved in a car accident, and they have seen their fair share of road accidents. Each year, a great number of Killen residents suffer from injuries and property damage because of other people’s recklessness and negligent behavior. The website of the Law Office of Williams Kherkher, says that victims can file a personal injury claim, not only to get financial compensation for their injuries, but also to ensure that the driver at-fault knows their mistake and is dissuaded from committing it again.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, it is important that the at-fault driver was aware of the collision and knowingly ran away from the scene. Nevertheless, any evidence that can point out any feasible interference that an incident occurred (or what is commonly called circumstantial evidence) can be enough proof that the driver was aware of what occurred. Depending on the state, majority of laws require drivers to stop and provide information and assistance after the collision regardless of whether or not it resulted to property damage or injury. Aside from criminal charges, hit and run can also lead to civil liabilities.