Here in Seattle, minor traffic accidents are a part of life. While most people understand the importance of getting the other driver’s information, getting out of the roadway to prevent back-ups and reporting damages to their insurance, some people who are involved in car accidents believe that they can avoid responsibility by fleeing the scene.
A driver in Tacoma attempted to do just that after colliding with another vehicle, causing minor injuries to the other motorist. Rather than stopping to offer assistance, the reckless driver fled the scene of the accident, attempted to evade police officers and eventually crashed through a fence and landed on Interstate 5. The reckless driver will face charges of DUI, alluding police and assault when he goes to court.
Reckless driving is a dangerous but all too common practice for many motorists, and the victim involved in this story’s first car accident is lucky that he did not suffer greater harm. Though the reckless driver’s actions caused a 7 mile back-up on the freeway, Washington drivers could have suffered more significantly had the two car accidents been more serious.
No one should ever engage in a hit and run. Rather, when involved in a car accident, drivers should remain at the scene of the accident, ensure that all people in the vehicles are safe, contact the police and exchange contact and insurance information before going their separate ways. While an individual who causes an accident may face legal charges or claims of damages from other drivers, the penalties associated with the accident will be significantly less than the penalties associated with fleeing the scene of a car crash.
Source: The News Tribune, “Fleeing man drives off Yakima Avenue, onto freeway,” Alexis Krell, April 24, 2013