hit and run statute

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A hit and run statute is a law that requires motorists who get in an accident to stay at the scene of the accident and identify themselves to the other motorists or to the police, regardless of who is responsible, regardless of the severity of the accident. The “accident” includes collisions with vehicles, property, and persons. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (VAT 600), if the motorist has a collision, they should:

  • Stop to check for personal injuries and property damage.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other motorists. 
  • Call 911 or local police if there is any personal injury, or if there is damage totaling more than $1,500. 
    • Wait for an officer to arrive and file a report.

 [Last updated in March of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]