A Hit and Run is where a driver is involved in an accident with another person, vehicle, or other property and the driver fails to stops and provide his name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number. Leaving the scene of the accident can be a very serious offense.
This information must be provided to a police officer or the party who sustained injury or damage to property. The driver should pull over as soon as possible in order to provide this information and possible assistance to the injured party. Failure to comply with this can result in a Felony if the damage was over $1,000 or if they injured or killed another party, or a misdemeanor if the damage was less than $1,000.
If the accident occurs to property where the owners cannot be found, the driver must make a reasonable effort to provide his information to the owners by leaving a note. The accident still must be reported to the police within 24 hours from the time of the incident.
If the driver fails to comply, and there is another party within the car over the age of sixteen, then that party is required to report the accident within 24 hours with all the pertinent information the driver would have been required to provide. Failure to do so can result in a felony if injury was to a person, and a misdemeanor if it was damage to property.
Failure to report an accident can also lead to a suspended driver’s license.