Hit & Run Charges
If you are involved in a traffic accident, Utah law requires you to stop and exchange information with the other drivers; if injuries are involved you are required to wait for law enforcement and emergency medical responders to arrive at the scene. Failure to stop or remain at the scene of the accident can lead to hit and run criminal charges being filed against you. Depending on the seriousness of the accident or injuries, hit and run charges can range anywhere from a class B misdemeanor with a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 for accidents involving property damage only, to a 3rd degree felony with fines up to $5,000.00 and jail time when injuries or death have occurred. When the accident involves damage only to an unoccupied vehicle or damage to the property of another, the driving causing the damage is obligated to make a reasonable effort to locate the owner of the damaged property before leaving the scene of the accident.