Auto Accident Laws
Auto accident laws are created and enforced differently in every state. For this reason, it may be helpful to contact a qualified legal professional with questions about very specific auto accident laws. There are, however, many auto accident laws which are the same, or similar, in all states. The following information will provide general information about auto accident laws held true in most United States legal jurisdictions.
Auto accident laws state that people involved in auto accidents have a legal responsibility to stop, ensure safety and provide pertinent information to others involved in the accident. When no one else witnessed or was involved in the accident, auto accident laws require that a person stop and leave a note providing pertinent personal contact information. Failure to comply with these auto accident laws is considered a hit and run criminal offense. Auto accident laws also require that a person provide reasonable assistance to those who have been injured in an accident. This does not mean you have a duty to treat a person; reasonable assistance may entail calling emergency medical professionals who can help.
After an accident it is important to collect all pertinent information about the scene of the accident and those involved and any witnesses. It is helpful to collect the following information at the scene of an accident: the other driver's vehicle and driver's license information, phone number, insurance information, and more. Many auto accident laws require that a police report be filed after any accident involving personal injury or property damage that exceeds a specified amount. Auto accident laws may also require that an accident report be filed with the department of motor vehicles.
Most states have auto accident laws which require people to prove their financial ability to pay for damages in an accident in order to register a vehicle. Most often this proof takes the form of auto liability insurance. Auto liability insurance is required by many auto accident laws. Failure to have and maintain consistent coverage may be considered a breech of auto accident laws which can result in driving penalties and more. Typically auto liability insurance will cover yourself and your car (first party coverage) and damages suffered by others (third party coverage). Individuals are free to choose an insurance company and policy that works best for them.
Depending on the state you live in, your case may be subject to no-fault or fault-based auto accident laws. In states with no-fault auto accident laws, each person may be responsible for the damages that were caused in an auto accident. Through fault auto accident laws, each party's degree of fault in the accident will determine liability for damages. All states have auto accident laws which allow a person who has suffered losses in an auto accident (for which another is responsible) to seek compensation in a civil lawsuit. Auto accident laws allow injured victims to seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering and more.
Because auto accident laws are complex and vary by state and circumstance, those interested in learning more would benefit from speaking with a qualified attorney.
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