What Happens If The Police Don’t Catch A Hit-and-Run Driver in Las Vegas?
Recently, Las Vegas police held a press conference to address two incidents of hit-and-run accidents where pedestrians were the victims. Both of these accidents are currently unsolved. All it takes for a hit-and-run accident to happen is for one party involved in the crash to leave the scene without providing information or obtaining medical assistance to anyone who is hurt. When a crash happens and one party leaves without doing anything and doesn’t report the incident, this is unlawful. Victims can often suffer even more devastating injuries when aid is not properly called to the scene and instead is delayed.
Suffering injuries from the negligent acts of another party is frustrating and distressing alone, but when the negligent party flees the scene the situation becomes even more upsetting. After such an incident, the police will take on the burden of searching for the party that caused the incident and if successful, hold them criminally liable. Individuals who are apprehended and charged with a hit and run incident can also be held civilly liable by the victim.
What Options Do Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents Have to Pay for Their Damages?
Under the law, when a Las Vegas car accident happens, every driver must:
- Stay at the scene to provide information.
- If there are injuries, aid must be rendered.
- Depending on what happens at the accident scene, an accident report may need to be filed.
Anyone who fails to do what is required and leaves the scene will be held accountable as a hit-and-run driver regardless of if they were responsible for causing the accident or not. A driver that tries to leave the scene and then gets caught doing so, will also result in a hit-and-run charge.
Drivers that are successful in getting away from an accident scene pose a challenge for the authorities who are tasked with finding them. There is a higher likelihood that a hit-and-run driver will be found when the accident takes place in a busy, crowded city. There are more opportunities for witnesses and cameras to potentially catch the incident. Rural areas that are more desolate don’t have an abundance of resources and people which makes locating a hit-and-run driver in these areas more difficult.
If the authorities are unable to track down a hit-and-run driver, victims still need compensation to help them pay for their damages. A victim of a Nevada hit-and-run accident may have to use their own insurance to obtain the money necessary to cover the costs. Through the use of Las Vegas uninsured motorist coverage, a victim can secure the financial relief they need.
Speak to a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney Today
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run accidents are on the rise. When you suffered injuries after a Las Vegas hit-and-run accident or if you lost a loved one from one of these incidents, please call the Aaron Law Group. The Aaron Law Group is a Las Vegas personal injury law firm that will take your case on a contingency basis which means you pay nothing unless you win a settlement. To schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Aaron Law Group, call (702) 550-1111.