There is never a good reason for not stopping after being involved in a car accident. A hit and run driver, if caught and arrested, could face severe criminal penalties. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime. Where the accident involves serious bodily injury or death, the crime is categorized as a more serious felony and would demand more serious punishments. Police and detectives have many ways to locate errant drivers who have committed a hit and run violation.
A New York jogger was killed while she was out jogging. The physician's assistant had been jogging in the morning when she was hit. The vehicle that hit her fled the scene, but a witness was able to give investigators a partial description of the car.
After the automobile accident, the police went door to door in the neighborhood and found the driver's 2001 BMW in the backyard of his parents' home, not far from the scene of the accident.
The New York man was arrested in the hit-and-run death of the jogger after prosecutors said that the blood on his car matched her DNA. He was arraigned on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He pleaded not guilty and was held without bail awaiting another court appearance. The man was already on parole for burglary and drug possession.
Drivers with prior arrest records of traffic violations such as reckless driving and driving at high speeds are more likely to leave the scene of an accident in order to avoid arrest or additional fines. This includes drivers with existing criminal records or outstanding warrants. A victim of a hit and run accident resulting in injury may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was a result of the negligent actions of another. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the deceased's relatives may file a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation. A legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and then recommend the best course of legal action to take.
Source: NBC, "Driver Arrested in Hit-and-Run That Killed NY Jogger" Greg Cergol, Jul. 31, 2013