If you are involved in an accident where there is damage done to someone’s property or injury or death to another person involved, you are required to stay at the scene until police arrive. A hit and run accident occurs when a driver involved flees the scene before police arrive to make sure that proper procedures are followed. A hit and run can occur with unattended vehicles as well and in most states, a driver has the responsibility to attempt to make contact with the owner of the vehicle.
If someone is injured at the scene of the accident, the other driver involved has an obligation to assist them, usually by calling 911. Legally, the driver is responsible to act in a way that most people would consider a reasonable amount of help. This can obviously be very different from one situation to another. Fleeing the scene before help arrives can bring felony charges on a driver, even when the accident would otherwise have resulted in a minor charge.
Anyone who has been injured in a hit and run accident may benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney.