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What is a Hit and Run Car Accident

What is a hit and run car accident? If you are asking this question, it is most likely because you have been involved in a car accident in which you or the driver of the other car kept going and did not stop after the accident occurred.

There are many different types of car accidents that take place. One of these types of car accidents is leaving the scene of an accident. Or, it is more commonly referred to as a hit and run car accident.

What exactly is a hit and run car accident? What constitutes a hit and run car accident?

Failing to stop


A hit and run car accident is defined as an accident in which the driver of a car who is involved in a collision with another vehicle, property or human being, commits the crime of knowingly failing to stop and give their name, license number and other information as required by statute to the injured party, law enforcement officer or a witness.

Statutes regarding a hit and run car accident vary from state to state. In most states, it does not matter if the accident was or was not your fault. The crime is committed by simply leaving the scene of the accident.

A hit and run car accident may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor is defined as a lesser crime. A felony is a more serious crime with greater consequences.

A misdemeanor


In most states, a hit and run car accident is a misdemeanor if the accident only brings about property damage. In other words, no person is injured in the accident. While you may think that a misdemeanor hit and run car accident is no big deal, it can mean large fines of around $1,000 and possible jail time of up to a year.

A hit and run car accident is regarded as a felony when other people are injured. This is true regardless of whether the one injured is the other driver, a passenger or a pedestrian. While the consequences of a felony hit and run car accident vary from state to state, they are usually far more severe than those of a misdemeanor. This includes jail time of over a year and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

You should remember that the severity of the consequences of both a misdemeanor and a felony hit and run car accident are because of the fleeing aspect or leaving the scene of the accident.

Police will investigate


You can be sure that the police will thoroughly investigate any hit and run car accident. If it is determined that you were involved in the accident and left the scene of the accident, a warrant for your arrest will probably be made, and the police will likely come for you.

Whether you left the scene of a car accident that was your fault, or you were the innocent victim of a hit and run car accident; the smart thing to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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