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Is a Hit and Run a Felony? (Here’s What You Need to Know)

In most states, hit and run offenses can be charged either as a felony or as a misdemeanor. Hit and runs involving property are charged as misdemeanors if the value of the loss is under a certain amount, while those resulting in injuries or death are typically charged as felonies.
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What is a Hit and Run Accident?

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a person hits a vehicle, person, or another person's personal property. The individual operating the vehicle that causes the damage then "runs" from the scene of the crime without contacting the authorities or leaving a note on the damaged vehicle or property.

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What is a Misdemeanor Hit and Run?

A misdemeanor hit and run is described as a crime that occurs when a person flees the scene of an accident, without stopping and providing their information, when the accident only caused property damage rather than injuries to another party.

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What is Felony Hit and Run?

Felony hit and run occurs when a person leaves the scene of an accident when someone was injured or killed. It doesn't matter if you didn't cause the accident. In fact, you can be charged with felony hit and run if someone else caused the accident and you left the scene.

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What Should I Do if I'm Involved in a Hit and Run?

Drivers who are victims of a hit-and-run accident can take the following steps to protect themselves:

  • Make sure everyone is safe - Move your car out of traffic and check on yourself and any passengers. Call for medical attention if anyone needs it.
  • Call the police - It's important to involve law enforcement in order to increase the chances of finding the other driver and gathering evidence about the accident. If the driver who flees is apprehended, they’ll be required to pay for the damages to your vehicle and any medical bills associated with the incident. You will also need a police report in order to file an insurance claim.
  • Gather evidence - Take notes on everything you can remember about the other driver and vehicle immediately after the accident. Ask any eyewitnesses to stay and talk to the police. If they can’t or won’t, get their contact information. Take pictures of the damage and look for pieces of the other driver’s vehicle, but don’t touch anything until the police arrive.

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