What Are the Consequences of a Hit and Run?

It seems unthinkable, but it could happen to anyone—you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle when you shouldn’t be and you hit something. Maybe alcohol is involved. You panic. You leave the scene and try to forget the whole thing ever happened. 


Consciously leaving the scene of any type of collision, with the intent to avoid contact with the police or to avoid financial repercussions, however, may be considered a hit and run. Keep reading to learn more about hit and run accidents and when to call a DUI lawyer for assistance across Alberta.


It seems unthinkable, but it could happen to anyone—you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle when you shouldn’t be and you hit something. Maybe alcohol is involved. You panic. You leave the scene and try to forget the whole thing ever happened.

Consciously leaving the scene of any type of collision, with the intent to avoid contact with the police or to avoid financial repercussions, however, may be considered a hit and run. Keep reading to learn more about hit and run accidents and when to call a DUI lawyer for assistance across Alberta.

How is a Hit and Run Legally Defined?

An accident, in general, is when any type of contact occurs between two vehicles, a vehicle and another person, or a vehicle and private property—regardless of whether or not there is visible damage or injury. If you are behind the wheel of a vehicle and involved in an accident in any way, you must: 

  • Remain at the scene, or return to the scene if you left
  • Offer assistance
  • Offer your name, contact information and insurance information


These three basic requirements apply to any type of collision whether you have struck a parked car, collided with another vehicle or hit a pedestrian.

Leaving the scene of an accident without having met these requirements may be a hit and run and may be a criminal offence punishable by law under the Criminal Code of Canada. In cases where victims have suffered bodily harm, a hit and run can come with a hefty fine or even a lengthy prison sentence.

Hit and Runs in the Case of a DUI
Speak to a DUI lawyer as soon as you can to protect yourself and learn your options. Whether you live in Saskatoon, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove or somewhere else in the Edmonton area, you will need to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

For more information about the laws surrounding hit and run accidents or for a free consultation with one of our DUI lawyers, visit Haryett & Company Barristers & Solicitors in Edmonton without delay. If you’re facing criminal charges, you will need a skilled and experienced defence lawyer by your side, especially if you are a young offender. Let us fight for you. Contact us today to learn more.

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