Why You Should Never Leave the Scene After a Car Accident

people talking after an accidentWhen you are involved in a car accident, there are numerous things that can impact your ability to obtain compensation. However, one situation that extends beyond civil legal action is leaving the scene of the crash. Unfortunately, this is something that happens far too often, and it’s vital to recognize the problems with leaving the scene of the accident.

If you leave the scene of the accident, it can impact your claim, but it’s also illegal to do so. Unfortunately, when someone else crashes into you and they leave the scene, it is crucial to recognize how to move forward with your pursuit of compensation.

What Happens if You Leave the Scene?

If you leave the scene of a car accident without reporting it, it’s an illegal action. You are subject to criminal charges for a hit and run accident. A conviction for this charge can result in jail time and fines, and penalties worsen if injuries are involved.

Leaving the scene of the accident without reporting it can also negatively impact your ability to file a claim. Regardless of the type of claim you need to file, whether through No-Fault insurance or a third-party claim, leaving the scene immediately after an accident can make it difficult to get the compensation you need.

What Happens if Someone Else Leaves the Scene?

If the other driver involved leaves the scene of the accident without reporting it, make sure you file your claim, but also make a police report. These matters are complicated when you suffer significant injuries and you need to go through the responsibility party’s insurance provider.

At Fieger Law, we make it our top priority to safeguard your rights at all times. We work hard on your behalf to guide you through the process after an accident, allowing you to focus on your health while we handle the legal matters. Our Michigan car accident lawyers stand in your corner from start to finish, providing excellent quality legal representation when you need it most.

Call our firm today at (800) 294-6637 to request your free consultation with our legal team.

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