Duty of the Driver in a Virginia Truck Accident
The Code of Virginia § 46.2-894 imposes requirements on all drivers (autos, trucks, etc.) when someone tragically dies, someone is physically injured, or there is damage to attended property.
The driver who is involved in or witnesses such an event should:
- Stop as close as they can safely do so – near to where the accident happened.
- Give their name, their address, their Virginia driver’s license number and vehicle registration number to the State police or to the local agency for law enforcement. The information should also be given to the person injured if the injured person is able to understand and retain the information. If the injured person isn’t capable, then the information should be given to the driver or to an occupant of the other vehicle who is capable. If property was damaged, then the custodian of the property should get the information.
- The driver also needs to give reasonable aid to any injured people by helping to get the injured person to see a doctor or hospital.
- When the driver is not physically able to give a report or give assistance (typically because of injury), then the driver should file the appropriate information when he/she is able to including giving the information to the other injured person or the capable driver/occupant.
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