Washington, DC asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for District of Columbia

Q: What are the responsibilities in D.C. of rescue, police, and other parties at a 2-car hit-and-run car crash scene?

Details: The reg'd owner of a car whose occupant(s) fled, and which caused a hit-and-run (1 death, 3 injuries) on a divided highway turns up at the scene after the crash. He says his (now disabled) car was stolen. He has it towed away. Later, his car turns out to be registered to a nonexistent address. A Grand Jury is convened but issues no indictment.

2 Lawyer Answers
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Jose, CA

A: You would need proof of who the driver was. Perhaps a private investigator can help you find this out and whether the owner has any relationship to those persons. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Police are required to investigate. Emergency personnel are to supress fire if any, extract victims, care for victims.

However, you may have a case against the owner and possibly others. Did he report it stolen? Why not contact a member of the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association see what they say. Jonathan Seltzer, for instance (you can use my name).

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