Delaware Hit & Run Attorney
When someone is involved in a hit and run car accident and then flees the scene, it is a crime in the state of Delaware — even if they are not responsible for the accident. Per state law, individuals operating a motor vehicle have a legal obligation to stop and take certain actions depending on what or who was damaged during the accident. Failure to do so can lead to serious criminal and civil charges, with those convicted facing hefty fines, license suspension or revocation, and possible jail time.
If you have been accused of leaving the scene of an accident, an experienced hit and run lawyer may be able to help. Rahaim & Saints has extensive experience with hit and run accidents. Our team will take the lead in handling your case and navigating the circumstances to obtain the best favorable outcome.Contact Us For Your FREE Consultation
Understanding Your Post-Accident Obligations
A hit and run attorney can help you understand post accident obligations. In the state of Delaware, every driver has obligations after an automobile accident regardless of who was at fault. Some of these include:
- Calling for medical help when bodily damage occurs
- Exchanging contact and insurance information with the other driver
- Reporting the accident to police (if applicable)
- Reporting the accident to the police if vehicle is unattended/parked
Failure to adhere to any of these obligations is a crime in Delaware. Even if you performed them all, it may be necessary to speak with a hit and run lawyer to ensure the other party does not make false claims. It’s also important and helpful to take as many pictures of the accident as possible.
Penalties for Taking Part in a Hit and Run Accident in Delaware
The penalties vary depending on who or what was damaged. In the case of property damage, someone who flees the scene can have their license revoked for six months. If bodily harm was sustained, the penalties increase and can include heavy fines, or a potential prison sentence of no less than one year and a 12 month license revocation — not to mention the civil damages.
If the accident resulted in the death of another person, the prison sentence increases up to five years, larger fines and a two year license revocation.
Compensation for a Hit and Run Accident
If you have been charged with fleeing the scene of a car accident in Delaware, call our team today at 302-892-9200 in northern New Castle County. If you live in the southern part of New Castle County, please call 302-832-1800. You may also us with your questions.
Our hit and run car accident attorneys serve all over New Castle County, Delaware including: Wilmington, Brandywine, Fairfax, Talleyville, Newport, Stanton, Newark, New Castle, Bear, Glasgow, Middletown, Odessa and Townsend.
A hit and run accident case can result in severe penalties and obligations. To protect yourself, work with an attorney who understands the process and can work diligently towards the most favorable outcome. Contact Rahaim & Saints today for a free consultation.