What will happen if I was at-fault accident and didn’t have insurance but the other party left the scene?

UPDATED: Jan 15, 2014

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What will happen if I was at-fault accident and didn’t have insurance but the other party left the scene?

I hit some ice and spun into a semi-trailer. The highway patrol pulled me to the side of the road and left. before the second officer arrived the driver of the semi left the scene. I was driving under suspension and I just found out I didn’t have insurance. I didn’t get a ticket for anything, however the company of the semi driver called a few days after the accident and now wants my info. What can they do? Will I have to pay or can i fight it because they left the scene?

Asked on January 15, 2014 under Accident Law, Oklahoma


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The fact they left the scene has nothing to do with whether or not they have the right to sue you for any damages, costs, or losses you caused. If you were at-fault in the accident, then regardless of whether you received a ticket, you could be sued. You are potentially liable for all of the trucking company's and driver's injuries, losses, etc.

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