After a motor vehicle collision, drivers and vehicle occupants might feel disoriented and confused about what steps need to be taken. They might share contact information with the other drivers involved, and then leave without calling the police to report the accident. Should the insurance company be called before calling the police? Does the incident need to be reported if no one was seriously injured? In Connecticut, there is a specific statute that requires motor vehicle operators to stop, render assistance, and provide contact information to witnesses and police officers no matter the severity of the injuries or property damage.
Typically referred to as “evasion of responsibility in operation of motor vehicles,” the statute covers four scenarios that could occur in a motor vehicle collision:
- Accidents that result in the death of any other person
- Accidents that result in serious physical injury
- Accidents that result in physical injury
- Accidents that result in injury or damage to property
If the motor vehicle accident results in a fatality, injury or damage to property, the vehicle operator must stop and render such assistance as is needed. Contact information and the facts of the situation must be reported to witnesses and law enforcement. If the vehicle operator caused the collision and is unable to provide this information to individuals at the scene, he or she must report the incident to law enforcement immediately and state the location and circumstances of the accident as well as detailed contact information.
Depending on numerous factors including the types of vehicles involved and the speed at which they were traveling, a crash can result in devastating property damage and a wide range of injuries. Injuries can include multiple fractures, head trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis and crush injuries.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision or you lost a loved one in a crash, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can provide the answers and guidance you need.