Hit and Run Accidents
If a person causes a car accident, he or she is legally obligated to stop in order to provide information and assistance to the other party involved. If the driver who caused the accident leaves the scene, he or she can be charged with hit-and-run.
The laws and penalties for hit-and-run accidents vary by state. Wisconsin law states that the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident that results in vehicle damage or injury or death of another person must stop immediately in a safe location as close as possible to the accident and remain at the scene until the following requirements are met:
- The vehicle operator should give his or her full name, address, and vehicle registration number to the other party.
- The driver should, if requested, display his or her drivers’ license to the person who was struck or another occupant of the vehicle.
- The driver should provide reasonable assistance to any injured person. This can include bringing the person to a doctor or a hospital, or calling an ambulance if it is obvious that the person needs medical attention or if the injured person requests it.
If a person leaves the scene of an accident he or she caused without following these steps, he or she has committed a crime. The penalties of a hit-and-run crime vary depending on the actions taken and the severity of the accident but can range from a small fine to a serious felony charge.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, the Kenosha hit-and-run car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an experienced attorney.