4 Myths About Hit-and-Run Accidents in Maryland

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From 2012 to 2021, a whopping 6.9% of fatal crashes in the state of Maryland were hit-and-run accidents. This was a 61.5% increase in the number of deadly accidents that were hit-and-runs, which means that Marylanders need to take extra caution on the roads. Unfortunately, some myths about hit-and-run accidents prevent victims from getting the restitution that they deserve. What is the reality behind these myths?

Myth 1: Hit-and-Run Accidents Are Rare

As we mentioned in the above paragraph, hit-and-run accidents are very common. Approximately 7 in every 100 fatal accidents are classified as hit-and-runs, and there are many other accidents that don’t result in injuries or fatalities but that still leave victims without insurance information for the person who hit their vehicle. There are many different reasons why people flee the scene, including driving under the influence, not realizing that they struck another vehicle, being uninsured, driving without a license, and worrying that they are at fault.

Myth 2: You’re Out of Luck If You Can’t Find Who Did It

Another common myth about hit-and-run accidents in Maryland is that you are totally out of luck if you can’t track down the driver. In reality, most uninsured motorist policies are designed to help cover hit-and-runaccidents so that you are able to get the repairs that you need without breaking the bank. Even if you think that you need to file an uninsured motorist claim, it is still a good idea to consult an attorney first.

Myth 3: You Don’t Need an Attorney

Do you still need an attorney for hit-and-run accidents if the other party has not been identified? Yes! In Maryland, attorneys can help you with a variety of important things so that you can focus on recovery and not tracking down camera footage or negotiating with your insurance company. Your insurance company is always working to minimize their expenses while your attorney is always working to fight for your rights.

Myth 4: A Hit-and-Run Is a Minor Offense

There is also a misconception that hit-and-run accidents, especially those that do not result in severe injury or death, are minor offenses. In reality, Maryland law treats hit-and-runs very seriously. Penalties for leaving the scene can include steep fines, imprisonment, and the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Additionally, leaving the scene of an accident that results in serious bodily injury is a felony that can lead to up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the accident results in death, the penalties are even more severe.

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If you or a loved one are concerned about finding the right personal injury or car accident lawyer for your case, choose an experienced firm like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence to give you the help you need.  Please give us a call at 443.352.3201. Skype and telephone consultation are both available to clients.

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