HIT & RUN
In Virginia, leaving the scene of an accident, often referred to as "hit and run", is a serious offense that often arises out of the failure to stop, render aid and provide identifying information. Regardless of the cause of the accident, Virginia law (46.2-894 et seq) mandates certain actions be taken, and being a passenger does not necessarily relieve you of an obligation to report. Virginia law imposes duties on both drivers and passengers.
Both the duties and penalties for leaving the scene of an accident / hit and run vary depending upon whether you were a driver or a passenger, whether the accident involves an attended or unattended vehicle, and whether the accident involves only property damage of a certain amount or also involves injury or death. Depending upon your circumstances, your hit and run may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony and the punishments can include a fine, incarceration, and a suspension your license.
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