Hit and runs, also called Failure to Remain at a Scene, can be physically and emotionally damaging. You are hurt, confused and not sure what to do and the other driver has just left. So what are you supposed to do?
The first thing you should do, as with any accident, is check to make sure everyone in the vehicle is alright. Next, call an ambulance as well as the police. The police will try to collect as much evidence as they can about the other driver. If there were any witnesses to the hit and run, ask them to give their statement to the police officer.
Get as much information about the other driver as you can, like the make and model of their car and license plate numbers. Never try and follow them as this can be very dangerous. Take pictures of the accident scene if you are able to do so.
Failure to stop at the scene of an accident is a Federal Criminal Code offence in Canada. If you find yourself in an accident then you must stay at the scene of the accident, give your insurance and driver’s license information to the other party as well as police, do all you can to help and report the accident.
For accidents involving a parked car, the driver must leave a note that details what happened as well as all of their insurance and license information.
People often flee the scene of an accident for a few reasons. Sometimes they:
- don’t have valid insurance or a driver’s license
- fear they will be charged with a crime
- are in Canada illegally
- are wanted for other crimes
If you do have a valid license and insurance and you still leave the scene of an accident you can get your license suspended, get demerit points on your license, accrue fines and even go to jail for up to 5 years.
If you were injured in a hit and run accident you can still receive compensation, although it will not be as much as it could have been had you filed suit against the offender. An accident injury lawyer can represent you and help you get the payment you need for medical bills.