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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Mar 18, 2014

Fleeing the scene of an accident you caused, otherwise known as a hit and run, is a serious crime in the state of Arizona. Panic can overtake legal responsibility in the blink of an eye, bringing with it many criminal penalties.

Hit and run is characterized as incidents in which individuals fail to immediately stop and provide information or assistance following an accident. The penalties can range from suspended licenses all the way to felonies with several years of required jail time.

You’re required to provide information when you damage a vehicle when the driver is absent. If you don’t leave your information when the driver is absent, whether on the windshield of the damaged car or elsewhere, you could be charged with a hit and run.

To avoid a hit and run, here’s a list of actions to take immediately following an accident …

  • Stop your vehicle immediately as close to the scene as possible.
  • Call for emergency services and remain at the scene of the accident.
  • Exchange information with all parties involved in the accident.

If you have been charged with a hit and run you’re facing serious legal consequences. Make sure you contact an experienced Arizona attorney to represent you in a court of law. For detailed information on Arizona hit and run laws related penalties, please visit Deadly Roads.