11 May ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
Hit and run is defined as “the act of causing (or contributing to) a traffic accident (such as colliding with a person or a fixture), and failing to stop and identify oneself afterwards”.
Under Maltese Law, drivers are legally obliged to stop their vehicle in case of an accident. The law provides that ‘ if in any case, owing to the presence of a motor vehicle on a road, an accident involving personal injury to another person or damage to any vehicle, animal or other property occurs, the driver of the motor vehicle must stop and, if required to do so by a police officer, a local warden or by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address, the name and address of the owner of the motor vehicle, the details of the insurer of the vehicle as well as its registration mark or number.’
If a driver fails to abide by this procedure, then the incident is classified as a hit and run. The Courts have held that if one flees the scene after an accident, but then soon after goes to the police and confesses, the incident does not qualift as hit and run .
In certain situations, the law also provides for a compensation scheme for criminal injury; however not all crimes give rise to compensation for the victims. Such criminal injuries must be sustained on or after 1st January, 2006.
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