When a motor vehicle accident occurs, it is common for those involved, including drivers, passengers, and witnesses, to exchange information for any insurance claims and legal claims. However, in the case of hit-and-run accidents, a driver who flees may face both civil and criminal liability. In the state of Maryland, under the Maryland Transportation Code, there are penalties that perpetrators face for leaving the scene of an accident that causes serious bodily injury. If someone leaves the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, this is a punishable felony by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
According to a recent news report, a Philadelphia man was killed in a hit-and-run crash involving a tow truck driver. Police say that the crash happened around 2 a.m. when a tow truck ran a red light and crashed into the car of a 51-year-old man, resulting in the 51-year-old’s death. The impact from the collision resulted in damage to three additional cars parked along the road, including the force of the crush pushing at least one car down the street. Witnesses say that they saw the tow truck driver running from the scene. Police are still working to locate the driver.
Does Car Insurance Cover a Hit and Run Accident?
Yes, depending on your insurance coverage, your policy may cover a hit and run accident. If you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident, you may have questions about what next steps to take. Typically, you exchange insurance and contact information with those involved in the accident, but in the case of a hit-and-run accident, you are not able to exchange this vital information.
After being a victim of a hit-and-run accident, it is important to receive any medical help that is needed and ensure that all parties involved are safe and away from traffic. It can be important to call the police to the scene of the accident and seek medical attention. It is also important to gather evidence if possible, and this can include writing down details from the accident that you can recall, and getting the names and contact information of any witnesses. It can also be helpful to take photographs of your vehicle, the accident scene, and any injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, connect with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate your case.
Do You Need a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer?
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured or even killed in a Maryland hit-and-run accident, an accident involving a truck, or a motor vehicle accident generally? If so, contact Lebowitz & Mzhenm, LLC today to discuss your claims and your next steps. Our attorneys have the skillset and experience needed to help as you navigate complex claims in personal injury suits. We understand that experiencing injuries after a motor vehicle accident can be stressful and scary, so our attorneys approach their work with dedication, compassion, and determination. We are ready to help you recover the damages that you deserve. To schedule an initial consultation at no initial cost, contact us at 800-654-1949.