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Liability for damages from hit-and-run accidents

Motorists in Berks County who negligently injure others may be required to pay compensation to their victims. Negligence may be found when a defendant breaches a duty he or she owed to the victim. There are a number of bad acts that could be determined to breach a duty to a victim. One of these is the act of improperly leaving the scene of a car accident. This is often called a hit and run.

Specifically, a hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver is involved in a wreck with another car, a fixed object, or a pedestrian and that driver leaves before identifying himself or herself and before rendering aid to others who need help. Even if a driver is not at fault for an accident, he or she may have committed a hit-and-run if the driver improperly left the scene of a crash.

Hit-and-run accidents are often considered a crime, possibly subjecting the defendant to criminal sanctions. One of the reasons for this is that if a motorist involved in an accident does not stop to render aid, an injured party may suffer worse injuries because of the delay in rendering assistance.

If a victim of a hit-and-run suffers injury, then he or she may be able to sue the hit-and-run driver for negligence. If the delay in receiving assistance causes the victim to suffer an injury worse than he or she would have otherwise suffered, then the victim may be able to recover damages for the additional harm suffered. These damages would be on top of any other damages the negligent motorist may owe for being negligent.

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