If you scrape a car in a parking lot and drive off is it considered a hit and run?

Asked on November 5, 2012 under Criminal Law, Utah


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Any time a driver of a vehicle causes property damage to another vehicle, they are required to let the owner of the other vehicle know.  The driver can wait for the other owner to return to the vehicle-- which is preferred to prevent issues.  But a driver can be compliant by at least leaving a note with contact information so as the facilitate the exchange of insurance information later.  If the only result is minor property damage, then the driver is probably looking at a misdemeanor level offense.  Most states have similar laws-- many people refer to this offinse as "a hit and run," but the legal title used for this offense is often referred to as "accident involving property damage," so don't be confused if you hear these terms used interchangeably.

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