The Morality of Hit and Run
November 12, 2012 3:25 PM Subscribe
What's the moral argument against running away from an accident if the victim's being cared for (aside from insurance issues)?
posted by Quisp Lover to human relations (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm catching up on "Homeland" (warning: extremely minor spoiler ahead), and just watched the episode with the hit-and-run accident. The driver says that since the victim was being assisted by someone else, and 911 was obviously being called, he saw no reason to identify himself and be involved.
My first reaction was "what a jerk". But as I ponder it, I'm wondering....what is the basis for the moral compulsion to self-identify if (big "if") the victim's already being looked after?
Is it an insurance issue? If so, I could suggest scenarios (e.g. accidents in a no-fault state) which eliminate that factor, but my moral compass still says it'd be wrong. But...why, exactly? My head can't account for my gut on this.