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Man sentenced for hit-and-run crash resulting in death

Whenever a person gets into an accident, it's vital that the driver stays at the scene. In cases where the driver can help the victim, it's important for aid to be rendered.

When someone leaves an accident without giving the other driver his or her information, it's known as a hit-and-run accident. This kind of action is a crime, so now the driver may face criminal charges on top of any civil penalties or citations he or she may have faced otherwise. Even the person who didn't cause an accident can get into deep trouble for fleeing the scene.

Take for example this case. A man in Iowa has received a 30-year sentence for a hit-and-run collision that left a victim dead. The March 24 news reported that the man admitted to being drunk when he hit the tail end of a vehicle in June. That crash resulted in a passenger dying from his injuries.

The man decided to flee on foot following the crash, but police were able to apprehend him around a half a mile from the scene of the accident. The man had two previous convictions for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to his record.

Crashes like this are completely avoidable. Not only that, but those who stay at the scene can help call for medical help and emergency assistance when victims may be unable to. Failing to stay at the scene is a crime. If a driver flees after your accident, you have every right to seek a claim against that person once he or she is caught by the police.

Source: KWWL, "Iowa man gets 30 years for hit-and-run fatal accident," March 24, 2017

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