Hit and Run
Auto accidents, whether they involve two cars, several cars, property and a vehicle, or a pedestrian, can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved. It is important that drivers do not panic in the event of an accident, and anyone involved in a collision should make sure to stop and render aid to anyone who is injured. Drivers who fail to stop and render aid are often found guilty of a hit-and-run crime.
Hit-and-run is a serious crime that can carry significant jail time, loss of driving privileges, and heavy fines. If you have been wrongly accused of a hit-and-run crime, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 today.
The severity of hit-and-run charges often depends on the specifics of the accident and individual situation. The following are some examples of hit and run crimes:
- A collision involving two vehicles, after which one driver leaves the scene without stopping, exchanging insurance information, or speaking to police
- An accident involving property in which the driver fails to stop and deal with the accident
- Accidents involving a vehicle and pedestrians or bicyclists, after which the driver fails to stop and render aid
Hit-and run accidents that involve little or no property damage may be considered a misdemeanor crime by the prosecutors. If an accident involves serious injury or death and the driver fails to stop, the crime may be considered a felony.