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Why are Maryland hit and run accidents so common?

Richard S. Lundin
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Personal injury and family law attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia

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11/3/2011
Rick Lundin
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You would think that people have the common decency to think of their fellow neighbor, to follow the Golden Rule.

But if you've found yourself the victim of a Maryland hit and run accident, it can be difficult not to lose a little of your confidence in the general goodwill of the people around you.

Why do people choose to commit a hit and run accident?

It's simple, really. They're selfish.

The hard truth is that a person who willfully commits a hit and run does so with their own self interests - and little else - in mind.

Of hit and run drivers who are later tracked down and convicted (yes, it is a criminal offense), most are found to have fled the scene of the accident due to fear of being caught:
  • Driving Drunk. As penalties for drunk driving increase, so do the number of drunk drivers who choose to attempt to flee the scene of the accident rather than incur a drunk driving offense. They could care less about your injuries so long as they don't face the embarrassment of a DUI.
  • Driving Without Insurance. Many people will choose to forego car insurance rather than stop driving when money is tight. Of course, this is not only against the law but also a bad decision if they find themselves in an accident. Because they know they don't have the money to pay out-of-pocket for damage done in an accident, they just keep on driving and hope they won't get caught.
  • Driving With a Suspended License. Obviously, someone who chooses to drive with a suspended license has already made several bad choices, but this is the icing on the cake.

If you've been injured in a Silver Spring accident involving a hit and run driver, you have the right to be angry.

You also have the right to hire an experienced Silver Spring accident attorney.

The lawyers at Nickelsporn & Lundin may be able to help you track down the responsible driver, and we can help you get compensation for your injuries.

Category: Auto Accidents


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