Written by attorney Amir Soleimanian


It’s estimated that about one in 10 drivers get in a car accident, and proceed to leave the scene of the accident without identifying themselves to other people involved, without leaving contact information, or without reporting the accident to police authorities (since sometimes the cops just don’t show up, and the law requires you to report the incident yourself).

These traffic violations are called “hit and run offenses,” and whether the hit and run ticket is a misdemeanor or a felony charge, the consequences are pretty serious. The problem is, a lot of people don’t actually realize what a hit and run car accident looks like — even though the majority of drivers have been the victims of a hit run when their parked car was dented by someone who didn’t leave a note with contact info, or when a driver accidentally rear-ends their car in moving traffic and decides to drive off without stopping.

While plenty of hit and run violations are intentional (it’s no coincidence that unlicensed drivers are 66% more likely to flee the scene of an accident), many drivers find themselves facing a traffic ticket without realizing that they broke a hit and run law.

For anyone faced with this charge, there are three common defenses used by traffic violation lawyers:

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