Is it OK to Leave the Scene of a Car Accident Even If No One Was Injured?

Guy looking mad that someone hit his cars bumper.

Even minor car accidents can be a major inconvenience. It may be tempting to leave scene of car accident if there appears to be no injuries involved, you should not.

It is important to remain in place until the authorities arrive. Hoffman Law Firm explains. 

Read on to learn more.

Why You Should NEVER Leave the Scene  

As a driver, you have legal obligations to adhere to once you’ve been in an accident. First off, it is actually illegal to leave the scene of a car accident. It is your duty as a driver to report the accident to police to avoid any legal ramifications, such as hit-and-run charges. 

Leaving the Scene vs. Hit-and-Run 

Essentially, both of these concepts are the same thing. While the terms “leaving the scene” and “hit-and-run” have the same meaning, they will be used in specific ways depending on who is describing the accident.

Most lawyers will use the term “hit-and-run” because they are describing the type of accident you endured. You’ll hear the police officers use the term “leaving the scene” because they are describing a crime, not an accident.

What to Do If You Are in an Accident

If you are in an accident, first check to see if you or any of your passengers have sustained an injury. If any injuries are present, immediately call 911 or have someone do it for you.

Next, do your best to get you and your vehicle out of harm’s way. Pull your vehicle to the side of the road, if possible, to avoid further causing a hazard, then turn on your hazards and turn off the engine.

Thirdly, if you haven’t already, call 911 to report the accident and wait for their help. Be sure to exchange your full name, contact information, and insurance information with the other driver involved. Also, avoid discussing fault with the other driver. 

Fourth, with the help of the authorities, document the accident by taking photos and videos, talking to witnesses, getting the names and badge numbers of responding officers, and noting the accident’s location.

Need a Good Charleston Accident Lawyer, Contact Hoffman Law Firm

Car accidents can be scary for everyone involved, but even in high-stress situations, it is best to stay at the scene. If you are considering filing a case due to a car accident, our personal injury lawyers will be glad to help. 

Plus, you only pay us if we win your case.

Located in Charleston, SC, we support accident victims throughout the Palmetto State. Attorney David Hoffman and our personal injury lawyers here have extensive experience handling a wide variety of cases. 

We have established a reputation for success, as well as great service! To meet with a member of our team, schedule your free consultation today. We are here to help!

Our personal injury law firm offers trusted legal representation right here in the Lowcountry, including these practice areas: 

Car Accident
Truck Accident
Motorcycle Accident
Wrongful Death
Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Injury
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