When there is an auto accident in Virginia, drivers are expected to remain at the scene and call for medical assistance if necessary. Some, however, will not do that. Whether it is because they are fearful of the aftermath or have other concerns, they might decide to flee. Once law enforcement discovers what happened, charges for a traffic violation can occur. People can face a variety of penalties for traffic offenses, and having a strong legal defense is important to avoid the worst of them.
An accident between a car and a bicycle injured a 50-year-old rider and led to the arrests of two people. According to the investigation, a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder hit the bicyclist and then fled. A short time later, the vehicle returned, with a woman driving.
However, officers determined that, instead of the woman, a 55-year-old man had been driving when the crash happened. He was arrested for hit-and-run, driving after suspended license and reckless driving. The woman, apparently related to the man, was also charged with giving a false statement to law enforcement and obstruction. The rider was seriously hurt and was taken to the hospital via flight.
Traffic offenses can range from the relatively innocuous to the serious. The penalties can range in severity and can have an impact on the driver’s personal, legal, and financial lives. To defend against the charges, having legal help could be critical. Legal advice from a firm experienced with hit-and-run, reckless driving and other traffic violations can help.