If you have been drinking and hit someone with your car that is a serious. Aside from being charged with an OUI, if you hurt someone with your car, you can also be charged with leaving the scene of personal injury. When you hit someone with your car it is a natural human response to panic. People who have been drinking and hit someone with their car are also concerned about being charged with OUI. If you have been drinking and hit someone with your car, you may want to try to run from the scene and cover up the accident. This is a huge mistake. Leaving the scene of personal injury is much more serious than OUI leaving the scene of property damage. (picture of ambulance taken by Mikeway)
As many of us have heard from our parents, you can’t run away from your problems. And running away from an accident scene after you hit someone will only be followed by bad consequences. Aside from the issue that it is a just plain wrong to hit someone and leave try to run away, there are other serious consequences of hitting someone and leaving the accident.
The most obvious problem is that the OUI victim may die as a result of your actions. With medicine being as remarkable as it is in Massachusetts, the OUI victim may be saved if you decided to call for help right away. Aside from the fact that calling for help being the right thing to do, it will also make you more sympathetic in the court of law. If you are convicted of leaving the scene after causing personal injury as a result of OUI, you could face serious criminal penalties. The judge and jury will look at you in a more favorable way if you stopped the car and tried to help the OUI victim. It may also help you when you attempt to ask for a more lenient sentence in your OUI case. Conversely, judges tend to look very harshly upon OUI defendants being charged with leaving the scene of personal injury.
If you are charged with an OUI and leaving the scene of personal injury it will make it much more difficult to get a favorable result. Judges and society want people to own up to their mistakes and help OUI victims they have injured. If you have been drinking and injure someone with your car, don’t drive away and try to cover up the accident. Instead choose to do the right thing, stop the car and call for help immediately. It is the right thing to do, it will help the OUI victim and likely to help your OUI case in court.