Being involved in an accident is an alarming event. Whether a Montana resident is a driver or passenger in a car crash, the suddenness of the incident can make the moments directly following a collision emotional and shocking. This is especially true if one has suffered injuries and are seeking assistance while waiting for emergency crews to come. But, what happens when the other driver flees the scene of the accident? Is a victim left without a liable party to hold responsible for their injuries and damages?
Leaving the scene of an accident could result in civil and criminal penalties for a driver after they are apprehended. According to Montana Code, Section 61-7-103, when a driver of a vehicle knows or reasonably knows that they have been involved in an automobile collision with another person or a deceased person, he or she must immediately stop their vehicle at the scene or as close to the accident scene as possible.
A driver is not allowed to leave the scene of an accident until they have fulfilled the requirements of Section 61-7-105, which is the duty to provide information and render aid. Therefore, it might still be considered a hit-and-run accident, even if the driver did not leave the scene of an accident immediately following the incident. If a driver fails to provide information or leaves before fulfilling their requirements, he or she could be considered a hit-and-run driver.
While a hit-and-run makes it more challenging to locate the driver that left the scene, the investigation process helps to uncover evidence of the vehicle and driver that fled the accident scene. This could help authorities locate the hit-and-run driver, also helping victims hold the driver responsible for the damages and losses caused by the incident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident call the experienced team at Edwards & Culver today! Our Billings car accident attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.