One of the most seriously penalized vehicular accident situations is in the case of a hit and run. Leaving the scene of an accident is an offense punishable by law, though the actual penalties incurred by a hit and run will vary from state to state in the United States. Furthermore, the penalties that are associated with a hit and run accident will also vary depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Examples of hit and run situations include leaving the scene of an accident caused by drinking and driving, or leaving the scene of an accident in which a person was seriously injured or killed. However, common penalties that are associated with a hit and run accident include: serious fines, suspension of a driver’s license, civil action by victims of the hit and run accident, and imprisonment in more severe cases.