Hit and run accidents are crimes, with the crime being that someone negligently hit a person or an object and then left the scene of the accident without stopping, rendering assistance, or offering identification. In most jurisdictions, it is expected that anyone involved in an accident is to exchange insurance information and/or call the police. In some cases, the law also dictates that a note with the offending driver’s information be left, if the owner of a property is not present.
Accidents of this nature typically have severe consequences for the driver that leaves the scene of an accident. Some of the penalties may include a suspended driver’s license or the cancelation of the license, in addition to serving prison time. Some jurisdictions revoke a driver’s license permanently.
Hit and run accident consequences vary from state to state, and in some cases, the offender may be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the facts of the case and whether or not it caused death, serious injuries or property damage. Other states punish hit and run drivers with a lengthy prison term and/or hefty fines.