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Facts About Hit and Run That You Need To Know

Hit and run accidents are ever increasing through the years. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that fatal crashes have increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. In the state of Los Angeles alone, over 28,000 hit-and-run accidents occurred in 2015.

One of the most celebrated hit-and-run accidents is that of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. His involvement in the crash resulted to him being stripped of the light heavyweight belt and serving probation. He was also fined $25,000 for the incident by the UFC. He had several traffic incidents already prior to his hit-and-run arrest.

Hit and run is a felony in the United States. You can be held criminally liable for leaving the scene of an accident that involve property damage or injury without providing contact information to the other driver. This is applicable regardless of who was responsible for the accident. So even if you think that the other driver was responsible for the accident, the law requires you to stop and give your contact information to the other driver before leaving the scene of the accident. Here are some facts about hit and run that you need to know:

  1. In a hit and run accident, the liability for damages falls on the victim simply because they carry the minimum coverage, which does not provide coverage for a hit and run.
  2. In some cities, the law requires the victim or witness to the accident to identify the driver not just the license number
  3. Every US state has a set time limit for charging the fleeing driver in a hit and run accident. This is known as statute of limitations, which ranges from 3 to 10 years. For this reason, the at-fault driver can simply confess without being arrested and charged if the time limit has passed.
  4. The only time you will be justified to leave the scene is when you need to seek necessary medical attention for yourself or another individual.
  5. You can be charged with a hit and run misdemeanor even if there was no vehicle damage. Under Vehicle Code 20002, fences, mailboxes, or another person’s pet is covered by the law.
  6. Under Penal Code 1377, hit and run that involves an accident with property damage can be settled with the victim. If they agree, the at-fault driver can be spared from harsh penalties which include probation or imprisonment.