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When we hear about “hit and run” accidents on the local news, what does that actually mean? A hit and run is when the motor vehicle you are driving is involved in an accident with another motor vehicle or person and you do not stop. The law in Pennsylvania requires you to stop. If you leave the scene, you are committing a “hit and run” crime.

Hit and run accidents are often the result of a momentary poor decision. The criminal charges, however, are serious and can result in mandatory jail sentences as well as significant loss of driving privileges.

Whether you were intoxicated or completely sober, being charged with hit and run can have devastating consequences requiring a zealous legal defense.


Depending on the severity of the accident, the penalties may vary. If the accident causes property damage you could face a 3rd degree misdemeanor charge that carries up to a year in prison plus fines. If you leave the scene of an accident where another person is injured, this is considered a 3rd degree felony and you will face a mandatory jail sentence and fines. If the accident results in injury or death to another person, the penalty is far more severe. If you are driving with a suspended license and cause an accident, you also face mandatory jail time.

If you are found guilty and convicted of “hit and run,” it is typical that you will lose your driving privilege and your auto insurance will be cancelled by your insurance company.

So the ramifications are serious if you commit a “hit and run.” If you are involved in a “hit and run,” please call The Philly Lawyers. Having the right lawyer is essential to a positive outcome for all involved.

If you are the victim of a “hit and run,” you can make sure the other driver is held responsible. You have the right to press charges and to sue. You can recover the costs of your property damages, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and money for your pain and suffering. Even if the driver escapes, with the right lawyer, you can still successfully sue and be fully compensated. The Philly Lawyers are experienced in handling “hit and run” charges for all individuals involved and will help you navigate through the court process. Your initial consultation is free.