Not all accidents are created equal. Indeed, Maryland law attaches criminal consequences only to some types of accidents, such as Maryland DUI accidents and hit-and-run accidents. Other types of accidents, while not necessarily excusable, will not result in criminal charges, even if someone is found to have been at fault. This shows that, in the eyes of the law, there are various levels of culpability depending on the type of accident involved.
Hit-and-run accidents are among the most strictly punished types of accidents, and for good reason. When someone flees the scene of an accident, they are not only attempting to evade financial and potentially legal responsibility for their actions, but they are also putting people’s lives in jeopardy by failing to get accident victims the help they desperately need.
As noted above, Maryland hit-and-run accidents can be punished criminally by the local prosecutor’s office. However, the victims of a Maryland hit-and-run accident can also pursue a civil claim for financial compensation from the at-fault party once they are located. Hit-and-run lawsuits can, although not always, present unique legal issues, especially when the identity of the driver is at issue. Thus, it is important for anyone considering a Maryland hit-and-run lawsuit to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Three Arrested in Recent Hit-and-Run Accident
Recently, three men were arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a motorcyclist. According to a local news report, a truck with three men inside turned in front of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, cutting it off. The abrupt turn by the operator of the truck resulted in the two vehicles colliding.
Immediately after the accident, the driver of the truck fled the scene. Police later caught the driver, as well as his two passengers, and charged them all with various charges related to the hit-and-run accident. Evidently, the passengers suggested that the driver fix the damage to his truck to prevent suspicions from arising and assisted him in doing so. One of the men, who owned the truck involved in the accident, also allowed the hit-and-run driver to use the truck despite knowing that the driver did not have a valid license.
Police are still investigating the fatal motorcycle accident, and the charges against all three men are still pending.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland hit-and-run accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated Maryland injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents and hit-and-run accidents. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney to discuss your case, call 410-654-3600 today. Calling is free, and so is the consultation. In fact, we will not charge you for any of our services unless you are able to recover compensation for your injuries.
More Blog Posts:
One Killed, Another Injured in Auto Accident During Bike Race, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 20, 2018.
What Happens When a Bicyclist Is Partially at Fault in a Maryland Bike Accident?, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 6, 2018.