What You Should Do After Fleeing the Scene of an Accident
In a tense situation, it’s easy to make impulsive choices. Often, in a panic, someone might drive off from an accident. They are not fully grasping the consequences of their actions, and they simply want to get away.
Once it dawns on them what they’ve done, the panic worsens. Whatever trouble they were trying to escape has now doubled.
If you find yourself in this situation, understand that all is not hopeless. You have the right to a defense no matter the circumstances.
If fear has caused you to flee from a wreck, here is what you should do next.
1. Contact an Attorney
Get your car to a safe place, park, and pull out your smartphone. There is likely to be a nearby attorney you can call. If you happen upon an office, pull into the parking lot, and see if you can get help.
There is a popular myth that says money must change hands before an attorney can represent you. This is not true. Once you and an attorney agree, they can begin representing you immediately. You can worry about the money later.
Your lawyer may be able to prepare a pre-filing defense for you right away. Essentially, it may be able to cut off any charges before they go through. Police cannot charge you instantly. They must file paperwork and go through the proper channels. An attorney who moves quickly enough might be able to stop those charges from ever happening.
2. Follow Your Attorney’s Advice
Remember, at this moment, everything is moving quickly. Your lawyer may not have time to fully explain their plans. Trust, however, that you are their client, and they have your best interests in mind.
They may ask you to do something that seems unclear, but don’t try to take over. Panic and the need for control have put you in this situation. It’s time to relinquish that control and let your attorney do their job. If they tell you to turn yourself in, for instance, do so. Trust that they have a plan to help you.
3. Stay Silent
If the police catch up with you, remember and exercise your right to remain silent. By law, you may need to hand over information like your name and ID. Beyond that, you don’t need to say another word.
Authorities are good at picking apart your words. Remember, the Miranda warning clearly tells you that “anything you say can and will be used against you.” Any phrase that seems completely innocuous can be weaponized. It’s best to keep your mouth closed.
Even if the police move forward with an arrest, cooperate in silence. You’ll have plenty of time to consult with your attorney later.Our firm is here to help will all manner of traffic incidents. If you’ve fled the scene of an accident, we can help. We may be able to create a pre-filing defense for you, and we can also help represent you in court if needed. For a free consultation, call us today at (561) 475-2752 or contact us online