Hit-and-run accidents are serious offenses. When a driver flees the scene of an accident, they often worsen an injured victim’s likelihood of recovery. By failing to render medical aid or call an ambulance, hit-and-run drivers cause a delay in care to the victim, which may lead to death or severe bodily harm. Due to the egregious nature of a hit-and-run, drivers who flee the scene of an accident can face significant legal penalties, including hefty damages awards in a negligence lawsuit.
According to a recent news story, a driver and passenger died following a hit-and-run accident in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Local police believe an unidentified driver was heading northbound on a local road when it collided with another vehicle attempting a left turn into the southbound lane. As the vehicles collided, they caught on fire. The driver and passenger of the left-turning vehicle died at the scene. The other driver, however, fled the scene on foot. Later, investigators determined that the hit-and-run driver stole the vehicle from a nearby residence. Investigators are continuing to search for the unidentified driver.
What Are the Penalties for a Maryland Hit-And-Run?
In Maryland, leaving the scene of an accident carries significant consequences. If the hit-and-run accident results in property damage but no bodily injury, the hit-and-run driver faces up to 60 days in prison and $500 in fines. If the accident causes bodily injury, the driver may receive up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Finally, if a person dies in a hit-and-run accident, a driver who fled the scene could face 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, a Maryland hit-and-run driver could have their license suspended or revoked.
Finally, a Maryland hit-and-run victim may bring a negligence lawsuit for damages against the responsible driver. Typically, a hit-and-run victim can recover damages to compensate for medical and hospital bills resulting from the accident, along with expenses related to damage to their vehicle. Additionally, the victim can sue for emotional pain and suffering resulting from the accident.
If the victim has died, their surviving family can sue the responsible driver for wrongful death. In addition to medical and burial expenses, family members who depended on the victim’s income can seek compensation for lost future earnings. Additionally, the victim’s spouse can sue for loss of consortium, which refers to the loss of the victim’s comfort and companionship. An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney can help you create the strongest possible claim for damages in a hit-and-run accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Hit-And-Run?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a Maryland hit-and-run accident, contact The Schupak Law Firm for immediate assistance. The attorneys on our team have extensive experience representing clients in personal injury lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland. Through our skilled and dedicated representation, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need and deserve. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, give us a call at 240-833-3914. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.