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How is a hit and run defined and what are the consequences?

Automobile accidents occur on a daily basis in South Carolina. While these incidents are common, some of the circumstances behind them are not. Hit and run accidents, for instance, may happen for a number of reasons. Those accused of these types of collisions have every right to defend themselves.

A hit and run accident is simply defined as an incident in which the person deemed responsible for the crash leaves the scene. According to South Carolina laws, those who are involved in an accident that results in injury or death are to remain at the scene until proper authorities arrive. They are, however, permitted to leave the scene for a short period of time in order to call for help.

Those who are accused of failing to stop may face a number of consequences under state laws. Hit and run accidents, depending on the outcome, can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. Those convicted of a misdemeanor charge will likely be handed a short prison term and fine. A felony charge, on the other hand, will garner a longer prison sentence and a larger fine.

Hit and run accidents often occur at night, when visibility is certainly not the best and may involve multiple vehicles or even pedestrians. Those accused may not know anything about the incident, may not have realized they hit anything or may have simply been scared and not sure what to do. Regardless of the circumstance, South Carolina residents who are facing charges for a hit and run incident are entitled to their day in court. A number of defense strategies can be utilized in the effort to get these charges dismissed or to minimize any negative consequences.

Source: deadlyroads.com, "Hit and Run Laws in South Carolina", Dec. 5, 2014

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