Hit-and-Run

A hit-and-run is the Illegal activity wherein an individual causes an accident yet refuses to stop and provide appropriate identifying information between him and the other participant of the crash. Rather than assume liability, the individual continues driving. According to Mazin & Associates, such individuals unfairly diffuse the responsibility of the accident to the innocent party. The term hit-and-run may conjure an image of an assailant fleeing the site of a major accident. This is not always the case. The underlying concept of a hit-and-run is not the extent of damage caused by the accident, but rather the action of fleeing the scene. In this way, if an individual performs a minor accident such as a small fender-bender or accidentally bumps into a parked car and fails to leave a note with appropriate personal and financial information, then he or she has engaged in a hit-and-run. Similarly, if you are the victim of an accident, and you do not disclose personal information to the wrongdoer, then you have committed a hit-and-run. In summary, anyone involved in an accident, whether the offender or the victim, is capable of engaging in hit-and-run.

When an accident occurs, the participants involved acquire the appropriate information i.e. insurance cards and personal contact information and, dependent on the state, they must alert emergency services. When an individual does not do this, then he or she must face certain penalties. The penalties from fleeing from a scene vary widely by state. The classification of hit-and-run are dependent on the damages accrued, some are felonies while others are misdemeanors. Again, the monetary penalties of a hit-and-run vary by state with some ranging up to $20,000. Apart from the financial consequences, the wrongdoer is also subject to suspension of his or her driver’s license for a specified amount of time dependent on circumstances of the accident as well as the state in which it occurred.

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