If you have been involved in an accident, you may wonder whether you made the right decisions – took the right actions – obtained the right information – following the crash. In Virginia, drivers involved in accidents have several duties. Whether you have been struck, or struck another vehicle or person, call your local Virginia Beach Hit and Run Attorney to hopefully ensure an expeditious resolution to your situation.
The Duty to Stop
Virginia Code, § 46.2-894, states that the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident in which a person is [hurt or property is damaged] . . . [must] . . . immediately stop as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic.
The Duty to Report the Accident
Drivers involved in an accident described above have a duty to the following information to State Police or local law-enforcement, as well as the person injured (or who’s property/car was damaged), plus any driver or passenger who suffered harm:
- Name of Driver
- Driver’s License Number
- Vehicle Registration Number
The Duty to Render “Reasonable Assistance”
Virginia Code, § 46.2-894, states, ” . . . The driver [involved in an accident] shall also render reasonable assistance to any person injured in such accident, including taking such injured person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital if it is apparent that medical treatment is necessary or is requested by the injured person.”
It is important to act fast if you have been charged or struck; call your local Virginia Beach and Norfolk Hit and Run Attorney
Read the full relevant statute in Virginia here.