Traffic accidents due to someone else’s negligence happen every single day in Missouri. However, the people deemed at fault may assume that if no one was hurt in the incident that their legal troubles may only extend to a hefty insurance claim. This is not always the case, depending on the amount of damage caused to another vehicle or property or if the person accused is facing any other related charges. Law enforcement recently charged a man with a felony for his part in a crash that caused significant damage, meaning he may need to consider how he will handle his traffic defense.
Authorities say that the crash happened over the summer, but he has only recently been charged with any crime. Police claim that the driver of an SUV was entering his own driveway when a motorcycle ran into the vehicle. The SUV sustained damage all along the passenger side of the vehicle, from the front to the back bumpers. Authorities further allege that the driver of the motorcycle fled from the scene. It is unclear whether he suffered any injuries.
Once police completed their investigation, they determined the identity of the motorcycle driver. He was arrested and charged with two felonies, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage over $1,000 and driving with a revoked or suspended license. He also faces a misdemeanor in relation to the incident.
This man’s charges are serious, especially considering they could result in felony conviction. People in Missouri convicted of felonies could be looking at time in state prison, high fines or other punishment. They have every right to work with an attorney who is knowledgeable about traffic defense to give themselves the best chance at reducing the impact this could have upon their life.