Hit and run can be defined as being involved in a car accident either with other vehicles, a pedestrian or a fixed object, and then leaving the scene without stopping to identify yourself or help anyone who might need assistance. Most states do not require that the hit and run occur on a public road or a highway. Several states extent hit and run laws to cover parking lot collisions. You can go to this website to know more about the hit and run charges and penalties.
To prove that a person is guilty of this type of crime, a prosecutor must prove the following facts
- The defendant was involved in a car accident while driving
- The accident cause death or permanent injury to someone else
- The defendant willfully failed to provide reasonable assistance to any person injured in the accident
- The defendant failed to stop at the scene of the accident immediately
- The defendant did not give any of his personal information
Criminal penalties for leaving the scene of a vehicle accident
Criminal penalties for a hit and run might vary from state to state. Several states classify criminal offenses for hit and run as either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the circumstances. Hit and run felonies are defined as leaving the scene of a car accident where there is any injury to a person, no matter if that person is inside of the vehicle or if it is a pedestrian. The penalties for hit and run charged as a felony can be severe. Most states impose fines between $5,000 and $20,000. Depending on the nature of the injuries and the accident that resulted, in some states a hit and run felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. On the other hand, misdemeanors are punishable by a significant fine of $5,000 or more and up to one year in jail.
Administrative penalties for
Any conviction for hit and run no matter if it´s a misdemeanor or a felony offense usually results in an automatic revocation or suspension of your driver´s license for six months. In some states, the revocation can be as long as three years or lifetime revocation of your driver´s license.
Civil penalties for hit and run
If you caused the accident, it is possible that the other person involved in the crash might sue you in court for the damages he or she have suffered. This law may ask for monetary compensation for lost wages, medical bills and property damage. Those costs that the court order you to pay will almost inevitably be increased.
It is very important to recognize that if you have been involved in a car accident that causes property damage or injury and you leave the scene of the car accident without providing your personal information to the other driver, you are exposed of being charged with a hit and run offense. This video will help you understand better all the things that a hit and run offense implies.