A car accident can create an adrenaline surge that causes panic and fear. Unfortunately, this can cause some drivers to make poor decisions such as fleeing the scene of the accident. Drivers may flee hoping to escape legal consequences for issues such as having an invalid license, no insurance, driving under the influence, or even warrants for their arrest. Based on crash scene data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or “NHSTA”, estimates that a hit and run accident occurs every 43 seconds in the US. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/) The American Automobile Association warns that the number of hit-and-run fatalities has been increasing at an average rate of 7.2 percent per year since 2009. (https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf)
Whatever the reason, fleeing the scene almost always takes a bad situation and makes it much worse. The consequences for fleeing the scene of an accident vary depending on the type of accident and the state in which you live. You could be charged with anything from a traffic citation to a criminal charge, depending on the circumstances.
Even if the accident was caused by the other person or through no fault of your own, you can still face consequences if you leave the scene of the accident.
Technology has given law enforcement more resources than ever to identify people who flee the scene of an accident. In addition to witnesses, video surveillance cameras are everywhere, and police are often able to locate your car quickly. Most drivers who leave the scene of an accident are caught and face penalties for fleeing the scene.