After a sudden car crash takes place, those involved are expected to stay at the scene and not leave until first responders arrive. There are many reasons for this. First, exchanging information is a necessary action to take so that damages can be covered through civil litigation. Also, if there are injuries or death, anyone who is capable must call 9-1-1 can get the appropriate medical personnel to the scene for more rapid treatment.
So, while it is expected that parties involved in an accident do not flee, it is also required under Mississippi traffic law. A person who does not stay at the scene of a crash and instead, takes off, can be held criminally liable if found. When a collision takes place and one party drives off, it is considered to be a hit-and-run incident.
Do Hit-and-Run Accidents Get Solved Often?
Any type of car accident can be traumatic and stressful. Specifically when the damages that result from the incident are catastrophic in nature or deadly. But the level of distress victims can face after an accident can increase substantially when their accident is a hit-and-run. Facing physical bodily harm, considerable property damages, and an uncertain future about how to pay for all the costs is an incredible weight to bear.
Victims can not guarantee that the reckless party who hit them will be caught and brought to justice. But that does not mean that a victim has no options for obtaining compensation for their damages. Victims of hit-and-run accidents in Jackson, MS can speak with a Jackson personal injury attorney. This is a good starting point to learn more about how compensation may be secured.
Today, there are many tools available to help find individuals that commit hit-and-run accidents. From surveillance camera footage to witnesses, posts on social media, and news stories highlighting these incidents to the public, there are several means by which the authorities can use to find the liable party.
Still, the chances of catching these people are very low. While some parts of the state of Mississippi may have a higher chance that a hit-and-run driver can be apprehended, the majority are not found. Some estimates report that as little as one in 10 hit-and-run drivers are actually caught.
Considering that hit-and-run incidents are rising according to the findings of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, all drivers are at-risk for experiencing one of these devastating events. The AAA FTS indicates that there is approximately one hit-and-run crash that will take place in some part of the United States every 43 seconds. In 2016, these hit-and-run events produced some of the highest numbers of fatalities in the country’s history.
Speak to a Jackson Car Accident Attorney Today
Bob Germany is a Jackson car accident attorney that has worked with many victims of injury car accidents just like you fight to get the full amount of compensation necessary to help pay for all the damages that resulted. To schedule a free consultation with the Germany Law Firm, PLLC, please call (601) 487-0555.