What do I do if an uninsured Massachusetts driver leaves the accident scene?

The economy has forced many drivers to justify driving without proper-

or adequate-Massachusetts auto insurance. In fact, the Insurance Research Council estimates that 1 out of 6 drivers on the road may be uninsured in 2010.

Because of the fines associated with driving without insurance in Massachusetts, it is important to be prepared for the possibility that you will be involved in a car accident with an uninsured Massachusetts driver who will flee the scene instead of facing the consequences.

Why Would An Uninsured Driver Flee The Scene of My Accident?

There are many possible reasons for an uninsured Massachusetts driver to leave the scene of an accident, thereby leaving you to cope with the hassle of trying to locate the party who is responsible for your accident injuries.

Listed below are a few of the possible reasons a driver may flee the scene:

Repeat OUI driver – A driver with multiple charges of Massachusetts OUI will face automatic penalties if caught drinking and driving
Suspended License – A person who drives while on a suspended license may face potential jail time
Drug Possession
Fear of punishment and/or financial consequences – Some motorists are especially fearful of increased insurance premiums or a Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit
Not a legal resident of the U.S. – Someone who is not legally permitted to drive-or reside-in the United States will likely want to avoid contact with the police, particularly after a car accident.

What Should I Do If a Driver Flees The Scene?

The best way to protect yourself from an uninsured driver who abandons the accident scene is to always have a calm head, cell phone, pencil and paper handy.

Never try to chase down or confront a fleeing driver. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but your time is better spent writing down the driver’s license and tag number and calling the authorities.

To learn more about uninsured drivers in Massachusetts visit our library.

Phillips & Garcia P.C., a law firm based in the SouthCoast of Massachusetts, takes time when speaking with you about your case and works with you on a contingent fee basis so there are NO FEES unless our trained personal injury lawyers wins your case. Call now to schedule a FREE evaluation of your case – 1-877-892-5620.

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