Did the Person who Caused Your Accident Leave the Scene?
Drivers who flee the scene of an accident have chosen to let you struggle for survival while they escape accountability. This behavior is irresponsible, unfair, and illegal.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run, you may still be able to recover compensation for the harm that was done to you.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our attorneys believe that if you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, it is the responsibility of the negligent individual to pay for the damages and losses they have caused.
Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Oklahoma
There are several different punishments for leaving the scene of an accident in Oklahoma. Depending on the severity of the accident, these crimes may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. Of course, this would depend on multiple factors including damages, injuries, and death to another individual.
Misdemeanor or Felony?
Here in Oklahoma, failing to stop at an accident you are involved in is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment no longer than one year or a fine up to $500, or both. Additionally, if the individual has caused damages to ones property, these damages may now cost up to three times as much as the original accident damage.
In the case that an individual suffers from injuries or is killed during an accident, and the negligent individual whom caused the accident has fled, this will be classified as a fifth degree felony offense. A fifth degree felony offense is accompanied by six to twelve months in prison, with a fine of $2,500, and a suspended license for six months to three years.
Reasons for Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Many times, individuals will flee the scene of an accident because they are afraid of the consequences they may face. However, the penalties imposed for fleeing the scene may compound the punishment they would have faced to begin with.
A few reasons people may leave the scene of an accident include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver did not have a valid license
- Driver is an illegal alien
- Driver struck a pedestrian or bicycle
- Driver is an uninsured motorist
- Driver is already in trouble with the law
If you have been involved in an accident, or witnessed an accident, where the negligent party has fled, it is advised to immediately contact the authorities with as much information about the vehicle as possible.
Injuries Associated with Leaving the Scene of an Accident
In most cases, the at-fault party at the scene of the accident is responsible for providing injury victims with compensation for medical treatments and damages caused to their vehicle. However, when an individual flees the scene of an accident, these individuals may struggle to obtain the proper reimbursement they require.
Some injuries associated with leaving the scene of an accident include:
- Back and neck Injuries
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Occupant ejections
- Rib and torso injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
If you are suffering from an injury as a result of a negligent individual, it is recommended to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Additionally, these documents can assist our attorneys in formulating an even more powerful case against the negligent individual, when captured.
Contact An Experienced Oklahoma Attorney
At The Edwards Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys believe that an individual suffering from injuries caused by the negligent actions of another deserves the opportunity to fight for the maximum compensation in the court of law while holding the negligent party responsible for all losses and damages.
With our main office in Tulsa, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Oklahoma.
To discover more of what our auto accident lawyers have to offer, we welcome you to contact us at 1-800-304-9246 where a member of our intake staff will collect the information about your car accident and connect you with one of our helpful attorneys.
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we will NOT charge you unless a favorable verdict or settlement has been made.