By Somdev Mukherjee
Meeting with an auto accident may be unfortunate, but it is certainly not that improbable. You never know when you too may suddenly meet with an accident while moving on your vehicle. So, it is always good for you to learn up about the best course of action in an auto accident situation keeping in with legal provisions.
There is the opinion that over ninety percent of auto accidents are caused owing to some kind of negligence on the part of the drivers. Hence it is held that usage of the term accident is not quite suitable. The legal consequences in relation to the auto accident that are to follow are determined by the severity of the accident. However, all common law jurisdictions impose some kind of requirement of the parties involved in the auto accident to stop at the accident scene. This is usually equally applicable even in case the collision has involved only stationary property.
What the parties concerned need to do is stop at the scene of the accident and exchange insurance or identification information or call forth the police. It is important to comply with this legal requirement. Otherwise the action will be termed as hit and run. This is considered as a criminal offense.
Here is a checklist of things you need to take care of in the unfortunate event of meeting with an auto accident:
The parties responsible for an auto accident stand to face criminal liability or civil liability or even both. A prosecution may also be started by the state in certain cases where someone has been severely injured or killed. However, most auto claims are settled without bringing into an attorney into the scene. Keeping in mind the points mentioned in the above checklist can go a long way to avoid much legal hassle.
Somdev Mukherjee is a Kolkata (India) based writer of articles, short stories, poems and web content related to finance, mortgage, debt consolidation, insurance, laws and other topics of interest.