1. What is Hit & Run?

 
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Hit and run is one of most callous crimes committed on California roads. In California, hit and run is defined as knowingly leaving the scene of a crash in which the driver was involved (or, more broadly, vehicle operator) without rendering aid and exchanging information. When a driver hits and runs, often they leave a victim at the scene in dire condition, in need of medical care, and without the means to call for it.

If one were to have a collision, but did not (reasonably) know that they had the collision, and then left, that would not be hit and run. On the other hand, if one caused another road user to swerve into a tree, and then did not stop to render aid and exchange information, that would be construed as hit and run. Most hit and runs are clear cut (the driver knows they were involved in a crash).

Hit and run which only damages property is a misdemeanor. Hit and run which injures or kills someone is a felony.

Hit and run is more prevalent than you think. In Los Angeles in 2008, 38% of all collisions were hit and run.

Follows are some short questions about hit and run, and how it affects driving privileges.

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