Accused of a Hit and Run? How We Can Help
A hit and run is a very serious offense. It is committed if you are driving and collide with another vehicle, person or property without stopping. In general, when you are involved in an accident, you are required to stay at the scene immediately after it happens to ensure that anyone who needs medical attention gets it. You are also required to exchange personal and insurance information with the other driver or pedestrian if they are hurt.
What Constitutes as a Hit and Run?
In North Carolina, you could be charged with hit and run if you are driving and are involved in an accident resulting in property damage, such as hitting a parked car or hitting another car on the road and leave the scene. It is a more serious crime if the accident results in injuries to the driver and/or a passenger in the other vehicle or to a pedestrian.
What are You Required to do Immediately After an Accident?
North Carolina law requires that any driver who is involved in a car accident shall:
1) immediately stop their vehicle at the scene of the crash
2) remain with their vehicle at the scene of the crash until a law-enforcement officer completes the investigation or authorizes the driver to leave and the vehicle to be removed, unless remaining at the scene places the driver or others at significant risk of injury,
3) give their name, address, driver’s license number and the license plate number of the vehicle to the person struck or the driver or occupants of any vehicle collided with, and 4) give medical assistance to any person injured in such crash if it is apparent that such assistance is necessary or is requested by the injured person.
The North Carolina Good Samaritan law states that any person who renders first aid or emergency assistance at the scene of an accident to any person injured as a result of the accident cannot be liable in a civil action under most circumstances.
Contact your insurance company and the other driver’s as well if necessary.
Following the above steps will help you if you are involved in a car accident and someone files a personal injury claim against you.
What Should You Do if You’re Accused of a Hit and Run?
If you are accused of a hit and run, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer. The attorneys at Morgan Law will use their years of experience to investigate and challenge the charges against you and resolve them in the best way possible.
Call at your earliest convenience to speak with an attorney about your situation. We may be able to resolve the case civilly and avoid a conviction with a possible jail sentence. Contact our office at 704-334-9669