A hit and run is a crime in which a driver collides with another car, a pedestrian, or other personal property and leaves the scene without properly identifying himself or herself. In all states, the person who causes a car accident is legally obligated to stop and provide help and identifying information to the other party. If the driver instead leaves the scene without offering assistance or providing information, he or she may be charged with a hit and run.
There exist a variety of reasons why a driver may flee the scene of an accident, including:
Regardless of these reasons, most states do have similar laws that require a driver who causes an accident to stop and provide personal information before leaving the scene, although the penalties and definition of a hit and run varies from state to state. For example, the state hit and run law in Wisconsin requires that any driver involved in an accident that results in vehicle damage, injury, or death, must stop and follow logical steps to himself or herself and to provide assistance. The driver must stop in the nearest safe location close to the scene of the accident and is legally required to remain at the scene until he or she:
In Wisconsin, if a person leaves the scene of an accident without completing each of these steps, he or she can be charged with a hit and run crime. The penalties imposed for this charge can vary from a small fine to a major felony charge depending on the severity of the incident and the actions taken by the hit and run driver.
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