What Happens If an 18 Wheeler Driver Performs a Hit and Run?
In the trucking industry, there are a number of potential issues that arise when the driver of an 18 wheeler is negligent. They can cause serious crashes that leave other individuals suffering from serious injuries as a result.
In the event of an accident, drivers are supposed to stay around and exchange information with the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, especially if the commercial truck driver is breaking the law in one way or another.
The 18 wheeler driver may flee the scene. Here is what you need to know about these types of situations.
Why Would a Commercial Truck Driver Leave the Scene of a Crash?
There are a number of reasons a commercial truck driver would leave after an accident; many of which revolve around the individual breaking the law. This means they may be drinking and driving, under the influence, using a cell phone while driving, or breaking regulations regarding Hours of Service or operating weight limits.
There are some situations if the individual is not properly licensed to operate the large vehicle. Knowing how much trouble they can get in, they may be tempted to leave the scene to avoid further trouble as a result.
What Victims Can Do
Victims must be vigilant after an accident in which a truck attempts to leave the scene. Some of the things to be on the lookout for is whether or not the truck has a specific company logo, any truck or license plate number that can be used to identify who the driver was, and any other identifying factor of the truck.
At Hardee & Hardee, LLP, we know what to look for to help provide victims of 18 wheeler accidents peace of mind when taking legal action against a negligent driver. We know what evidence is necessary and how to help navigate hit and run situations.
Our Greenville truck accident attorneys work to represent injury victims in the most favorable manner possible. We know how difficult this can be for you and we take every step necessary to help you seek the compensation and justice you need.
For a free consultation, call our firm today at (252) 966-0044.