Definition of Hit And Run
A hit and run is an accident where a vehicle collides with another vehicle, object or person and leaves the scene of the accident without providing the information to the injured party or giving adequate identification. A hit and run is a felony if the driver causes injury. If not, it is considered a misdemeanor. There are many reasons a driver may flee the scene of an accident. For example, if they are uninsured, they broke the law, they are intoxicated or they were texting and driving.
You may file a personal injury claim against a driver in a hit in run accident, in most states, if they are identified and their negligent actions cause injury or loss. If they are not identified, you may be able to receive compensation from your own insurance company.
Consider, however, many states who have implemented no-fault car accident insurance do not allow personal injury car accident claims to be filed against any driver unless the severity of the injuries or the cost for the injuries reaches a specific threshold. Because state laws vary so much it is important to talk to a car accident lawyer if you have been injured in a hit and run.