Picture this, you’ve had a long, exhausting day at work and all you want is to get home and relax. Suddenly, amidst the frustration of rush hour traffic, another car bumps into yours. You both step out, visibly unhurt, and the damage to your vehicles seems minimal. Given the hectic day you’ve had, you decide not to involve the police or exchange any information. You might think, is it necessary to involve a lawyer in a minor car accident like this?
Well, let’s hit the brakes right there. Your immediate reaction might just lead to a serious legal error. Although it might appear to be a minor inconvenience in the moment, neglecting to report the incident to the police is, in many states, considered a violation of the law. Leaving the scene without reporting the incident could be considered a hit-and-run case, regardless of the scale of the accident. Furthermore, not reporting a minor car accident can blur the facts and makes it challenging to sort out the truth later.
The Potential Legal Impact of Any Car Accident