Blog of Charles Bryan Alred
Posted on January 16, 2017
In June, a black pickup truck left the scene after crashing into a motorcycle driver, who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. In July, the former assistant athletic director of Tulsa Public Schools was sentenced to 20 months in prison and fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. In September, a Tulsa woman was driving her Jeep down 2nd Street when a car driving against one-way traffic crashed into the front of her car. The wrong-way driver also left the scene of the accident.
Hit-and-run accidents such as these can cause serious personal injuries, whether the accident involves another vehicle or a pedestrian. Under Oklahoma law, anyone involved in a car accident that results in personal injury has a duty to remain on the scene until emergency personnel arrive. The driver must provide “reasonable assistance” to injured persons, which includes helping them get to a doctor. The driver must also provide accurate information about himself: his name, address, the registration number of his vehicle, his driver’s license and proof of car insurance.
Consequences of Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Drivers who hit-and-run face serious consequences. The penalties depend on whether the accident resulted in property damage, personal injury or death:
- Property Damage — If the accident only involved property damage and the driver leaves the scene, he can be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to one year in prison and fined $500. If the injured person brings a personal injury lawsuit, the driver could be ordered to pay damages three times greater than the damages incurred in the accident.
- Personal Injury — If the accident results in personal injury, the driver who flees the scene can be charged with a felony and sentenced to two years in prison and fined $1,000. His driver’s license will also be revoked.
- Death — If the accident results in death, the hit-and-run driver can be charged with a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His driver’s license will also be revoked.
What Do I Do If I’m Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you are injured by a hit-and-run driver, you are entitled to three times more damages than the actual damages you suffered in the accident. That type of damages award is designed to compensate you for your medical bills, property damage and other expenses, as well as to punish the hit-and-run driver for breaking the law.
Contact Me Today
If you or a loved one is injured by a hit-and-run driver, contact the law office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C., today. We are eager to assist you immediately.