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Driver flees scene after accident with motorcyclist


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 21, 2013 in Motorcycle Accidents

Police are investigating a frightening accident that recently took place involving an SUV and a motorcycle. Early reports indicate that the driver of the SUV crashed into a motorcyclist on an exit ramp of a highway. Luckily, no one was killed in the crash, but the motorcyclist was seriously injured.

The sparse details available may sound similar to those in countless other accidents that occur around Connecticut. And unfortunately, there is one other piece of information that also sounds all too common. The driver involved in this crash left the scene of the motorcycle accident without stopping to help the victim. Why are so many motorists fleeing an accident scene?

In many cases involving a driver who causes and then leaves an accident scene, the driver is in the process of violating the law already and hopes that he or she will not get caught.

Often times, we learn that a driver is driving on a suspended license or does not have insurance. He or she may be intoxicated at the time or are trying to evade police. Under any of these circumstances, drivers may think that they can get away with their actions, even if they cause an accident, as long as they don't stop their vehicle. But fleeing the scene of a crash only makes matters worse for everyone involved.

Hit-and-run accidents can be devastating. When one driver is involved in a crash and never stops to check on the other people involved or exchange information, victims can end up suffering for much longer without someone there to help them out. That is why police aggressively pursue these negligent drivers. In many cases, they are able to track down the offender and charge them, and the victims are able to hold them financially responsible for their irresponsible and dangerous behavior. 

Source: CT Post, "Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run Parkway crash," Aug. 18, 2013