Hit and Run

When you are in an accident with another vehicle or piece of property (i.e., fence or mailbox), the law requires that you exchange your contact information with the owner of the property — whether you know who the owner is or not. Failure to do so can result in a hit-and-run ticket.

Facing hit and run charges

Striking another moving vehicle is the classic scenario. In that setting, most drivers understand that they are required to pull over and exchange information with the other driver. However, not all accidents occur with another moving vehicle. For instance, you may be charged with a hit-and-run if you strike a parked vehicle without leaving your contact information. In most property damage cases, if you are unsure who the owner is, the best practice is to file an accident report with the police. Many drivers are reluctant to contact the police, whether due to lack of time, only a minor amount of perceptible damage, or a general aversion to police contact. But if you leave the scene of an accident, you risk being charged with this kind of offense.

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Striking another moving vehicle is the classic scenario. In that setting, most drivers understand that they are required to pull over and exchange information with the other driver. However, not all accidents occur with another moving vehicle. For instance, you may be charged with a hit-and-run if you strike a parked vehicle without leaving your contact information. In most property damage cases, if you are unsure who the owner is, the best practice is to file an accident report with the police. Many drivers are reluctant to contact the police, whether due to lack of time, only a minor amount of perceptible damage, or a general aversion to police contact. But if you leave the scene of an accident, you risk being charged with this kind of offense.

You may need to speak with your insurance company about the accident. If you are worried about being charged in a hit-and-run accident, you may want to consider speaking to an attorney before making recorded statements with your insurance company. Sometimes, in a moment of panic, drivers are tempted to report an accident to their insurance company while omitting incriminating information. This can be very problematic because filing a false claim or making false statements could potentially lead to more serious charges

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Attorney Erin H. Gerstenzang

Criminal defense for hit and run charges

If you are not prepared for speaking to the police or your insurance company, you should consider consulting with an attorney first. Many detectives are very experienced at getting the information they need while coming across as friendly and reasonable; without even realizing it, after engaging in a quick and seemingly pleasant conversation, you may have inadvertently established all the necessary evidence they need to support the hit-and-run charge.

Erin Gerstenzang is an experienced hit and run attorney. She is available to discuss the circumstances of your case and help you navigate the legal process.

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