If a driver hit a pedestrian and takes off and then come back, is this still considered a hit and run?

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If a driver hit a pedestrian and takes off and then come back, is this still considered a hit and run?

A witness saw the driver take off.

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Accident Law, Maryland

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

This would be hit and run since the driver left the scene of the accident.  Criminal charges can be filed for hit and run.

In addition to criminal charges for hit and run, the driver would be liable in a civil case (lawsuit for negligence) for the injury sustained by the pedestrian.  The pedestrian's personsl injury claim would include the medical bills, pain and suffering and wage loss.  Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of the pedestrian's injuries and will be used to determine compensation for pain and suffering.  Compensation for pain and suffering is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement. 


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