What is a hit and run?
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Drivers involved in car accidents, regardless of whether they caused the accident or not, are required by law to remain at the scene. Fleeing the scene of an accident is more commonly referred to as “hit and run.” Most often, drivers will commit a hit and run if they do not have insurance or are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is illegal in every state to hit and run without exchanging insurance information or, if it is a more serious accident, waiting for the police to arrive. Even if the driver leaving the scene of the accident was not negligent and did not cause the accident, that driver can still face hit and run charges. All parties to an accident are strictly prohibited from leaving the scene of an accident. However, there are some instances, when a driver collides with a parked car or unattended property and no one is injured, but it is difficult to identify the owner. In those situations, states do not consider it a hit and run if the driver leaves a note at the scene which includes the driver’s contact and insurance information. This note must be clearly visible to the car or property owner when they return to the scene.
Nearly all states classify the charge of hit and run as a felony if someone was injured or killed as a result of the accident. Only
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