Boston Hit & Run Lawyer

Hit and run accidents take many forms. In most hit and run accidents, the driver of a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian and continues driving in an attempt to avoid liability. Other types of hit and run accidents occur when one automobile strikes another automobile and flees the scene without stopping to exchange information. Regardless of how they occur, hit and run accidents can leave their victims with debilitating and life-altering injuries.

If a driver knowingly collides with or causes injury to any other vehicle, property or person, Massachusetts’s law requires that driver to provide the following information to the injured party before leaving the scene of the accident:

  • Name
  • Residence
  • Register Number of their motor vehicle

Failure to provide all of this information before leaving the scene of an accident is a crime under M.G.L.A c. 90, § 24(2).

There are a number of reasons that a motorist might flee the scene of an accident.

Some of these reasons include:

  • Panic – the driver does not know what else to do and flees the scene out of instinct, fear or sudden panic
  • Prior traffic infractions – drivers with a history of traffic infractions may flee the scene of an accident in order to avoid criminal liability or license revocation
  • Outstanding warrants – the driver may have a warrant out for his arrest on another charge and wants to avoid arrest
  • Unlicensed or uninsured – drivers who are unlicensed or uninsured are much more likely to flee the scene of an accident in an attempt to avoid criminal charges and arrest

The variables involved in hit and run accidents are numerous. It is often the case that the driver in a hit and run is criminally liable simply for fleeing the scene. Even if the collision itself involves no criminal act, leaving the scene without providing the necessary information constitutes a crime under Massachusetts’s law.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run accident, call Sweeney Merrigan Law. We will immediately investigate your accident, thoroughly analyze your case, and provide you with a free, up-front evaluation of the merits of your claim.