Hit and Run -Attended and Unattended
Hit and Run Accident What to do?
After any accident occurs, whether it involves an unattended vehicle or property, or an attended vehicle (one with a person inside), Washington State drivers are required to follow certain procedures.
If a driver hits an unattended car or other property, he or she must:
- Stop right away and attempt to locate and notify the owner.
- If the owner cannot be found, the driver must leave a note with his or her name, contact, and any other required information in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or property.
If a driver hits a car that is “attended,” that is, occupied by people, the driver must:
- stop right away and exchange contact, driver license, and insurance information with the driver or occupant of the other vehicle.
Injury or Death
If a driver is in an accident that causes injury or death to another person, he or she must:
- Stop the vehicle immediately, making sure not to obstruct traffic any more than is necessary.
- The driver must offer assistance to the injured parties, such as calling 911, or taking them to the hospital or a physician. Helping an injured person is not considered evidence of liability for the accident.
- The driver must also give his or her name, address, insurance company, policy number, and license number to as all injured parties, as well as the driver of the other vehicle.
If a driver fails to stop after causing another person’s death, he or she may be charged with a class B felony Hit and Run Attended. Leaving the scene of an accident if a person is injured is classified as a class C felony. Both crimes are punished with prison time and fines.
Hit and Run – In Washington State, leaving the scene of a collision may result in the person being charged with “hit and run” which is a criminal offense. The penalties for a hit and run conviction include fines of up to $5,000, jail time of up to one year, and if the vehicle was occupied when hit, a one-year license suspension will be imposed.
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