After a car accident, most drivers usually pull over to the shoulder and exchange insurance with one another. We've covered what to do immediately following a normal accident, but what if the other driver runs from the scene?
While most drivers in Tennessee are cautious on the road and take care not to endanger themselves and other drivers, there is always the risk of a car collision. When there is a car accident, it is imperative that those involved stop and make certain the other drivers are not hurt and the insurance information can be exchanged. Unfortunately, some drivers do not follow the law when it comes to stopping after an accident, compounding the incident. People who have been affected need to know what to do in an accident's aftermath if it is a hit and run.
When a driver leaves the scene of an accident without exchanging insurance information, that driver has committed a hit-and-run. Hit-and-run accidents are basically admissions of guilt and oftentimes courts will find the perpetrator of a hit and run to be at fault for the accident. In such cases, it is possible for victims to file negligence suits against the drivers responsible in the accidents.
Tennessee law requires any driver involved in an accident with another vehicle to stop as soon as it is safe to do so and exchange identification and insurance information if there has been property damage. If someone is injured or killed in the accident, the driver has a duty to try to help the injured person and to report the accident to the authorities. Drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident can be charged with felony hit and run. Still, criminal charges are only part of the story after a fatal accident.