When Do Car Accidents Become Criminal?

Accidents happen. We all learn this from a young age. But when it comes to car accidents, things become much more serious. Cars are so dangerous that there is great potential for people to be hurt when someone causes a crash.

But when do “accidents” become criminal? Here’s what an accident lawyer might tell you.

When does a car accident turn criminal?

For the most part, when all parties involved act civilly, the accident is just that: an accident. Anyone who was hurt can receive compensation from the other party without the case becoming criminal.

The accident can be a crime, however, when the at-fault driver broke the law, and/or drove recklessly and without regard for the safety of others.

A hit-and-run is also criminal. Causing a traffic accident and leaving the scene is a crime.

How to handle a car accident appropriately

When you cause a car accident, always be sure to stop. Do not ever drive away from the scene of an accident. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the scene.

Of course, if anyone is hurt, call the police right away. Report the accident to insurance and seek medical attention if needed.