You were involved in a serious accident on I-95 one rainy night. You accidentally lost control of your car and hydroplaned into another vehicle—causing you to lose consciousness. The last thing that you remember is hearing the sound of the airbags deploying.
The next morning you woke up at the Fairfax Health Center and you were having a difficult time recalling the accident. Your doctor told you that you were involved in an accident, and that was the end of the conversation—until you were notified by the police that you were being accused of fleeing the scene of the accident.
Defenses for Fleeing the Scene
You didn’t mean to leave the scene before exchanging information with the police—you were unconscious. Fortunately, you may be able to use this as a defense. Other possible defenses for fleeing the scene include:
- Lack of knowledge that an accident occurred
- The other driver became belligerent, causing you to leave the scene and call the police
- Not stopping wasn’t willful, but was dictated by circumstances
- You stopped as close as possible to the site of the accident
- A dispute about the identity of the actual driver exists
- The driver refused to receive identifying information from you
- Lack of knowledge that an impact occurred with a person or property
We May Be Able to Help
Drivers who are found guilty of fleeing the scene of an accident face a variety of different charges, including costly fines and jail time. If you attempt to fight these charges alone, you could end up with serious penalties.
Whether you fled the scene because you were injured, made a mistake, or were simply scared, the attorneys of the Easley Law Firm may be able to help. Our attorneys have assisted many drivers in the Fairfax area with their cases, and we may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today to learn more.