Can you still recover money for a car accident claim if you leave the scene of the accident?

When you are in a car accident in Vermont you are required to stay at the scene of the collision. You can be cited into court if you leave the scene of the accident. However, you can still pursue a personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company if the other driver is at fault. It isn’t clear why Jordan Lanou left the scene of the accident in the Vermont State Police Blog noted below. His Jetta was totaled but it appears he was uninured. He had his seat belt on but the driver and passenger in the other car didn’t have their seat belts on and suffered serious personal injuries.

I had an interesting case once representing someone who was in a car accident a half mile from his home. His driver’s license was suspended at the time so he shouldn’t have been driving. He almost made it home when a car coming from the opposite direction crossed the centerline smashing into my client’s car causing the accident. My client was scared because he knew it meant jail time because of his DLS so he left of the scene of the accident. The police were easily able to figure out he was the driver since his car was there and multiple witnesses placed him at the scene of the crash. We were able to settle his auto accident claim against the negligent driver’s insurance company despite the DSL.

The average auto accident settlement is three times greater when the injured person is represented by a lawyer. Please call David Polow, a Hyde Park Vermont personal injury attorney, for a free phone consultation about your car accident claim.

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 20A503474

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Ian Alford

STATION: Derby

CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

DATE/TIME: 9/5/20 at 1102 hours

STREET: Hollow Road

TOWN: Barton

WEATHER: Clear

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Stacey Williams

AGE: 55

SEAT BELT? NO

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Albany, VT

INJURIES: Critical Condition

HOSPITAL: University of Vermont Medical Center.

VEHICLE YEAR: 2003

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyt

VEHICLE MODEL: Rav

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totalled

Vehicle#1

PASSENGER: Charles King

AGE: 62

SEAT BELT? NO

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Albany, VT

INJURIES: Serious

HOSPITAL: North Country Hospital

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Jordan Lanou

AGE: 23

SEAT BELT? YES

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Holland, VT

INJURIES: Moderate

HOSPITAL: North Country Hospital

VEHICLE YEAR: 2009

VEHICLE MAKE: VW

VEHICLE MODEL: Jetta

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Totalled

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 9/5/20 at approximately 1102 hours, The Vermont State Police

responded to a two vehicle head on crash that occurred on the Hollow road in

Barton. The section of Hollow Road where the crash occurred was observed as

being a narrow dirt road. The investigation revealed that Vehicle #1 driven by

Williams had been left of center while cresting the brow of a hill. This

resulted in a head on collision with Vehicle #2 driven by Lanou. Williams

suffered significant injuries and was flighted by DART to UVM medical center.

Williams passenger (King) was transported by ambulance to North Country Hospital

for the injuries he sustained. Operator Lanou had fled the scene prior to the

State Police arrival. Lanou later turned himself in and was subsequently charged

with Leaving the Scene on an accident with injuries resulting. Lanou was

released on a citation to appear in Orleans Superior Court on 10/27/2020 at 1000

hours. This vehicle crash remains under investigation, anyone with information

about this crash is asked to call the State Police barracks in Derby

802-334-8881.

MUG SHOT: Yes

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT: Orleans Criminal Court

COURT DATE/TIME: 10/27/2020 1000 hours

Trooper Ian Alford

Vermont State Police

Troop A – Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Rd

Derby, VT 05829

[email protected]

(802) 334-8881

at 9/05/2020 05:46:00 PM
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