For some people, there’s nothing like riding down the highway like you own it on a motorcycle. Not only does it statistically get you to your destination quicker with easier maneuverability, it also allows you a greater connection with the road and environment around you.
Unfortunately, as reported by Fox 5 Vegas, one yet-to-be identified woman ceased a Las Vegas motorcyclist’s good time by not only causing an 8-vehicle accident, but also killing him in the process.
The event unfolded at the intersection of Decatur and Flamingo Boulevard where the unknown driver hit the motorcyclist, then hit 6 other stopped vehicles only to leave the scene along with the now deceased motorcyclist before police arrived to the scene.
Now, when it comes to your average car accident or motorcycle accident, in the field of personal injury law, the benefits/penalties are negotiated based on numerous elements including: vehicular and bodily damage, subsequent medical bills, lost wages, what is determined from the investigation of the accident and more. However, if one is found guilty of a “hit and run,” everything changes and the penalties become much more severe.
In the state of Nevada, a hit and run is often categorized as a misdemeanor when the damage is minimal. This can result in up to 6 months in a county jail along with just one to two thousand dollars in fines.
On the other hand, if there’s substantial vehicle damage, bodily injury, or in this case, a death, that misdemeanor gets upgraded to a felony with a sentence to do time in a Nevada prison with several thousand dollars in fines.
You’ll also get a “possible” license suspension, but that’s obviously the least of your problems.
Basically, whether you know you’re at fault or not, if you’re involved in a car accident, you need to stick around and face the music, even if it’s something you don’t want to hear. The music may be bad, but if you leave an accident, what you’ll be hearing later will be so much worse.