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Facts to know about hit and run accidents in Nevada

Automotive accidents occur on a daily basis. Just as there are different types of car accidents, there are also different types of issues that come along with them. What do you do if a car hits you and the other driver leaves the scene?

Hit and run accidents are unique, and drivers need to handle them properly, especially if they plan to make a claim. Before making a case, there are a few key facts to know about hit and run accidents in Nevada.

Types

There are a number of different types of hit and run accidents. Some of the most common forms include:

  • Parked car
  • DUI
  • Complex

Depending upon the type of hit and run accident and the severity of damage, the courts may classify the incident as a felony or a misdemeanor.  In general, if the incident only involves property, it is a misdemeanor, but if it causes injury or death, it is a felony. 

Protocol

Nevada statute 484E fully details how drivers must handle automotive crashes legally. Both parties should administer emergency assistance if needed, pull over if it is safe and possible, and exchange contact and vehicle information. Depending on the severity of the incident the parties may have to call the police. Even if they do not, the individuals should still report the incident. In the case of a hit and run, the remaining driver should still follow the protocol as much as possible and contact the authorities to report the incident.

Penalties

If the driver or a witness is able to retrieve the tag number of the fleeing driver, it may be possible to bring charges against the individual. The penalties for this crime vary and may include heavy fines, jail time, or a license revocation. It may also be possible for the other party to file a civil suit.

These are just a few of the main factors for a hit and run case. If you are considering filing or are facing such charges, be sure to review the law and speak with a knowledgeable professional to understand your options fully.

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