posted in Car Accidents on March 12, 2022
A hit-and-run accident is not necessarily a felony in Nevada. Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime in Nevada. However, whether a driver is charged with a felony or misdemeanor depends on the circumstances of the accident.
A hit-and-run accident is when a motor vehicle strikes another vehicle, person, or object and leaves the scene without giving any information. By Nevada State Law, every driver has the following obligations:
If a driver hits a parked and unattended car, they still have a duty to provide their information via a note or similar. In addition, they must report the accident to the local authorities. Otherwise, it may be considered a hit-and-run.
Hit-and-run accidents are very common in Nevada. According to a study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Nevada has the fourth-highest rate of fatal hit-and-runs in the country.
The problem continues to increase nationwide. Research shows that hit-and-run accidents have increased an average of 7.2% every year since 2006. In addition:
When a motorist is involved in any type of car accident, they have specific legal obligations to satisfy.
After a traffic accident, motorists have several legal duties. It is important that all Nevada drivers are familiar with the required steps after a car accident:
The above steps are expected to be followed in minor collisions where the injuries are not debilitating. In cases where accident victims are seriously hurt, or a vehicle occupant has died, waiting for medical attention will not result in any penalties.
A hit-and-run accident is considered a felony when a person has been injured or died. Nevada law takes into account the damage a hit-and-run accident causes before subjecting drivers to a felony charge or misdemeanor.
Hit-and-run penalties are as follows:
Most car accidents involve more than the driver. In many cases, one or both vehicles have occupants. A hit-and-run driver can be charged with a separate felony for each person hurt or killed in the accident.
In the last few months, Nevada’s news stations have been overwhelmed by the number of reported hit-and-run accidents:
Not every hit-and-run accident is reported by Nevada news stations. Generally, only the most severe collisions receive attention. Even then, the majority of hit-and-run cases remain unsolved.
According to multiple news sources all over the country:
In Las Vegas, Lt. Greg Munson took to Twitter to express his concerns over the mounting unsolved hit-and-run cases. Munson called the trend “alarming. 13 deadly hit-and-run crashes in our jurisdiction this year, 5 of them are currently unsolved.”
Typically, hit-and-run drivers flee the scene of a car accident if they are engaging in other illegal activities. In other cases, they may have a criminal past.
Efforts across the country are being made to reduce hit-and-run collisions. Driver behavior is being studied to find similar motivators in the hopes of finding better ways to prevent hit-and-run accidents.
According to various studies put together by AAA:
Hit-and-run drivers have a diverse range of motivations for leaving the scene of an accident. While not every hit-and-run accident is considered a felony, the consequences can still be severe.
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident and need to know the best course of action to take, turn to the exceptional car accident attorneys of Gina Corena & Associates. Schedule a consultation to discuss the details of the accident and learn about the possible remedies our law offices can offer.
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