Anyone can end up in a serious accident that results in injuries or deaths. That’s why it’s so important for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers to be aware of their surroundings. Drivers have to watch out for people who may be at a greater risk of injury, too, so that they can give them the space they need and avoid a crash.
When a driver doesn’t stop at the scene and is hurt or killed, they can face hit-and-run charges. For example, an owner of a bar in New York City currently faces manslaughter and hit-and-run charges for striking and killing a pedestrian while driving while intoxicated in 2019. In the news report, the man also hit another vehicle as he fled the scene before hiring someone to repair and repaint his vehicle.
Pedestrians should not flee the scene, either
In another case, a New York City mayoral candidate was struck by a taxi in Manhattan. Though he should have stayed at the scene, he left to continue campaigning. Later that day, he found that his left arm was fractured, and he had injuries to his knee and other parts of the body.
In either of these cases, you can see that the correct thing to do would be to stay at the accident scene. Victims who get medical attention sooner are more likely to survive or recover thanks to quick treatment. Those who leave after hitting someone could be charged, and those who leave without seeking help for injuries may not have any way to seek compensation against the at-fault driver.