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Car accidents: Man convicted after fleeing the scene of a crash

The experience of an automobile crash can definitely be traumatic for those involved. However, when the at-fault driver leaves the scene of the accident, the experience can be absolutely devastating. In Nevada, drivers who leave the scene of car accidents involving injuries can face very steep penalties. These penalties include hefty fines and possibly years of jail time.

Recently in Reno, a man was convicted of hit-and-run after he allegedly fled the scene of a crash. Reports say the man caused an accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist. According to police, the man fled the scene of the accident, but authorities were able to track him down a few hours later. Police said they discovered the man worked for a locally based property management company and had been dropping off sand bags in the area at the time of the accident.

Tragically, the motorcyclist's leg had to be amputated due to injuries suffered in the crash. Police arrested the man, and he was recently convicted of DUI and felony hit and run. According to prosecutors, the man has had three DUI charges in the past seven years.

No driver should ever leave the scene of an accident. Operating a motor vehicle is something that should never be taken for granted. Unfortunately, there will always be drivers who are irresponsible behind the wheel and this can lead to car accidents. Those in Nevada who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in an accident such as this could benefit by consulting a legal representative. Damages from a successful lawsuit could help victims and families cope with this traumatic experience.

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