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Pursuing Justice For Accident Victims In Indiana

Don’t become the victim of a hit-and-run driver

As soon as a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident occurs, police will set to work investigating what happened to try and assign fault. Assigning fault allows police to hold the responsible driver criminally accountable. If the at-fault driver broke specific laws or engaged in reckless or negligent driving in the moments leading up to the collision, the driver could face stiff criminal punishments, including jail time.

In addition to criminal accountability, however, at-fault drivers will also have to answer to their victims – usually in civil court proceedings. Those who cause motor vehicle accidents will usually be financially liable to their victims to pay for the costs associated with medical care, lost income, pain and suffering and a wide variety of other types of damages stemming from the collision.

But what happens if the at-fault diver gets away? What if a hit-and-run driver successfully escapes from the accident scene and no one is able to identify or find the individual? It's not uncommon for a hit-and-run driver to stop, check the scene of the crash and assess whether any victims are in danger of dying or suffering from catastrophic injuries. Then, after determining that the no one is in danger, the hit-and-run driver will simply get back into his or her vehicle and escape. Sometimes, drivers try to escape even after fatal or catastrophic injuries have occurred.

Failing to identify the at-fault driver in a collision will represent a serious setback from a criminal and civil law perspective. Police won't be able to serve criminal justice and the victims won't be able to seek financial damages. Therefore, it's absolutely essential that anyone involved in a crash stays attentive and watchful to – at the very least – try and record the at-fault driver's license plate number immediately after the collision. In the event the driver tries to get away, this will help to safeguard the victim's ability to pursue financial justice in court.

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