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Do I have to remain at the accident scene after a car to truck crash in Groton, Connecticut?

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut

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Believe it or not it is not uncommon for a defendant to leave the scene of a car crash.  While most people don't know for sure, they generally believe that the law requires you to remain at the scene of an accident, and wait for the police to arrive.  Also, it certainly seems like common sense to remain at the scene of a crash while to wait for law enforcement to arrive.  That is why I am frequently suprise about how often my clietns report to me that the defendant left the scene shortly after the crash.   

To be clear-the law does require to you remain at the scene to wait for law enforcment.  If you are injured, and need medical help immediately, then go to the hospital.  But if you are physically able to remain at the scene, the law requires that each party remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive.  Usually, the police will arrive at the scene quickly.  

If the other guy says he has to leave, then you should just let him because you certainly don’t to get into an argument over that, or worse, a physical confrontation.  But he should not leave, and if he does he has violated the law.  After the police arrive you should simply explain that the other person left, and leave it to the police to handle the situation.  The other guy will probably get a ticket.

If you have been in car or truck accident on Route 2 in Southeastern Connecticut or have a question about a car accident in Groton, Connecticut, call the Groton car accident lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm PC, 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860 445 8521 or toll free at 888 717 4211.   

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