Hit and Run Accidents Consequences
Hit and Run accident consequences can vary dependent upon the severity of the accident itself.
By definition, a hit and run accident is an accident in which the individual responsible for causing it leaves the scene without identifying themselves.
A hit and run can be when someone leaves the scene after hitting a person, another vehicle, or a fixture (such as a mailbox, light post, etc).
Hit and run consequences can be severe–they can include the suspension or cancellation of the individual’s driver’s license, fines, and even jail time.
In the majority of states in the US, a hit and run is a very serious charge and not something to be taken lightly.
If a first-time hit and run offender caused damage to another automobile and is convicted, they will usually have license suspension and be required to pay for the victim’s damages.
In states which assign points within the driver’s license system, a high number of points is usually added to the record of a hit and run driver, which can lead to raised insurance costs and future consequences.
Punishment becomes much more severe if another individual is injured during the hit and run accident.
Injuring someone else could cause the hit and run driver to have to pay steep fines, receive DMV points, and lose their driver’s license or car insurance.
If a hit and run accident results in death of another individual, the accident is deemed a felony crime which can carry heavy consequences including imprisonment.
William Hit and Run Situation
After causing a car accident and running away from the scene because of fear, what could I potentially be facing? What are some of the common consequences I could be facing?
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.52.010 (1) states “The operator of any vehicle which collided with any other vehicle which is unattended shall immediately stop and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle of the name and address of the operator and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or shall leave in a conspicuous place in the vehicle struck a written notice, giving the name and address of the operator and of the owner of the vehicle striking such other vehicle.”
So, regardless of who was at fault, failing to stay and provide information or at least leaving information “in a conspicuous place” is a misdemeanor.
If the vehicle was occupied then it is a gross misdemeanor.
If someone was injured or killed, a felony. Assuming we are in misdemeanor-land, these case can often be resolved by a compromise of misdemeanor providing compensation to the victim and dismissal for the defendant. An experienced attorney can help you out.
This answer pertains to individuals in the state of Washington.
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