A driver who is involved in a car accident is required to remain on the scene in the state of Maryland, and fleeing the scene of an accident can result in penalties. Hit-and-run accidents may happen for a variety of reasons, including due to a driver being uninsured. According to a recent news report, a 23-year-old male died after a pedestrian hit-and-run crash. Interstate 95 in Maryland was closed for over four hours as a result of the accident. A man and a woman passenger parked on the side of the road and were having a discussion outside of their vehicle. During the conversation, the woman entered the highway and the man attempted to pull her back from the road. While in the roadway, the male was struck by a Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima fled the scene. While laying injured on the road, a tractor-trailer also struck the male but failed to stop their vehicle. Soon after, a Honda CRV additionally struck the male and stopped on the shoulder to call 911.
Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers
Pursuant to Maryland law, leaving the scene of an accident that results in serious bodily injury is a felony that is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. However, if the hit-and-run accident results in death and the driver was found to have reasonably known that the accident caused death, perpetrators can face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Additionally, hit-and-run accidents in Maryland can lead to 8 to 12 points on a driver’s license.
What Should You Do After a Hit and Run Accident?
You may be wondering what steps to take after a hit-and-run accident in Maryland. All drivers are required to stop in a safe location and manner after an accident. It is important to check that all parties involved are okay and safe, and if anyone is hurt, contact local authorities while remaining at the scene. If there are no injuries, it can be important to document that accident, which may include filing a police report, taking photos and exchanging information with parties involved and any witnesses (although it is important to ensure that you are out of the way of traffic and safe). Next, it is important to contact your insurance company to file a claim. It can be essential to connect with a Maryland personal injury attorney who has experience handling these types of cases.
Are You in Need of a Maryland Hit-And-Run Accident Lawyer?
Have you or someone you love suffered injuries after a Maryland hit-and-run accident? If so, the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen are ready to help you navigate the complex litigation you may face. Hit-and-run accidents can be stressful as you figure out what next steps to take, but you do not have to do so alone. Our attorneys have years of experience handling some of the most complex personal injury cases, and approach our work with both dedication and passion. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at 800-654-1949. We serve clients across the state of Maryland, including in Prince George’s County, Charles County, Baltimore County, and Montgomery County.