A hit and run accident is defined as an accident caused by a driver who flees the scene afterwards and may be unknown. Accidents are traumatic themselves but when a driver leaves the scene, it can complicate a situation and add heavy stress. Unfortunately, commercial truck and big truck drivers are sometimes involved in hit and runs. These vehicles are heavy and large, which can cause serious damage to other drivers. Hit and run accident cases that involve a commercial truck driver require knowledge and experience, Duncan Firm lawyers know the law and are here to help you with your case.
Below are some common reasons why a driver would flee the scene of an accident:
Unfortunately, hit and run accidents with commercial vehicles happen often. The charges in each state may vary. However, in most states if another driver was injured or killed in a hit and run, the truck driver may face felony charges. The law in every state requires the commercial driver to seek medical assistance for any other drivers. When the commercial driver leaves the scene, they are severely breaking the law. Unfortunately, sometimes truck drivers call their truck company dispatch first before seeking calling the 911 or the police.
In addition to potential felony charges, a truck driver may face additional charges as well. Charges may depend on traffic laws and criminal codes state by state. However, most states will revoke or suspend a commercial driver’s license if they were the cause of a hit and run accident. In almost all cases, a hit and run could cause a commercial driver to lose their job. Leaving the scene of an accident usually causes even more damage than an accident and is never the solution.
If you are the victim of a commercial truck hit and run accident, we’re sorry for what you are going through. We understand that hit and runs can be stressful and traumatic, especially when a commercial truck driver is involved. During the scene of a hit and run, it is important to contact 911 immediately if you are able. In addition to calling 911, you should try and remember the following:
After the accident, you will need to file an accident report by contacting law enforcement. If there are witnesses on the scene, you may want to see if anyone took photos. Through law enforcement and witnesses, you have a strong chance of winning a civil lawsuit after the accident.
Duncan Firm will investigate your case in order to make sure you are compensated for your losses. Having served clients in Arkansas, California, and New York, our lawyers are experienced with hit and run accidents and will take the necessary steps to bring our clients justice. If you are the victim of a commercial hit and run accident, you may be compensated for the following:
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