What is a hit and run accident and what happens if you are involved? Read on to learn more.
When you are involved in a car accident, you have an obligation as a driver to pull over and exchange information with others involved. You must also provide medical help to those who are injured. If you fail to perform these duties and instead flee the accident scene, you are considered a hit and run driver. Our Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers are specialists in car accidents and are waiting to help you.
Hit and run accidents are common in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of them occurring every year. Drivers may leave an accident scene for many reasons. They may have no driver’s license or insurance. They may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Perhaps they are just panicking. However, leaving the scene of a car crash is illegal, and depending on the severity of the injuries involved, a person can face misdemeanor or felony charges.
Getting injured by a hit and run driver can be frustrating. How can you recover compensation for your damages? See how the Tulsa Car Accident Lawyers at BDIW Law can help.
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Consequences of an Oklahoma Hit and Run Accident
A person who flees the scene of an Oklahoma car accident can face strict penalties. Even if there are no injuries involved, a hit and run driver can still face a misdemeanor charge. If there are injuries involved, a person can face a felony charge as well as a $1,000 fine and up to two years in prison. The hit and run driver will also have their license revoked.
When the accident results in fatality, it is also considered a felony and there will also be license revocation. Additional penalties include 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
If the hit and run driver cannot be located, there are still ways you can recover compensation for your injuries and other damages. Your auto insurance may be able to help, although having minimum coverage will not pay for anything hit and run related.
However, other coverage can pay for some of the damages. For example, if you have medical payments coverage, it will cover medical bills as a result of your injuries. If you have full coverage, you likely have collision insurance, which will pay for damage to your vehicle. Uninsured motorist insurance can be especially helpful. While not required, this optional coverage can pay for damages not covered by your other forms of insurance, such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses.
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Contact Our Tulsa Hit and Run Accident Lawyers Today
A car crash is never a fun situation, and it is even more challenging when the driver flees the accident scene. If you have been involved in a hit and run crash, you may want to seek legal help.
The Tulsa personal injury attorneys at BDIW Law can assess your car accident case and help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Even if you cannot locate the driver, we can help. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (580) 765-9660.
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