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What to Do After a Hit-And-Run in Connecticut

What to do when you’re involved in a hit-and-run in the Constitution State

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Hit-and-runs are car accidents where the at-fault party flees the scene of the incident before filing a police report or exchanging contact information with the other driver. Whether you are the at-fault party or the victim of a hit-and-run, you should be aware of the dangers of fleeing the scene and the steps you can take to mitigate the consequences.

Hit-and-runs can involve hitting a car that is either moving or parked. In the case of parked vehicles, it can be much more difficult to identify the responsible party. Continue reading to learn how to handle situations where you can or cannot locate the at-fault driver after an accident in Connecticut.

What to Do After a Hit-And-Run in Connecticut


Here is a list of steps to take after a hit-and-run accident:

  • Stop at the scene. According to Connecticut law, you must stop at the scene of an accident that causes physical injury, death, or property damage.
  • Seek assistance. If needed, you must render assistance to drivers or passengers with injuries. This means calling 911 if you or others are hurt.
  • Exchange information. Finally, you must also exchange contact information with the other party, including any witnesses or police officers, providing them with your name, address, driver’s license number, and registration number.
  • File a report. Even if the other driver leaves the scene, it’s crucial to file a police report as soon as possible. This report should include all details you can recall about the accident, the other vehicle, and identifying information about the other driver or the vehicle that fled.


If you are involved in an accident located on a limited-access highway, you should pull over to a safe area that does not obstruct traffic, if possible.


Here’s what not to do after an accident:

  • Chase the fleeing driver. Chasing after a hit-and-run driver is dangerous and may lead to further accidents or legal complications for you.
  • Delay medical attention. Do not postpone seeking medical help if you or anyone involved in the incident is injured. Delaying medical attention can worsen injuries and also complicate insurance claims.
  • Forget to document. Remember to take photos of the scene, your vehicle, and any injuries, if possible, as this evidence can be crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.

How to Recover Damages

Recovering damages after a car accident in Connecticut involves several steps, including notifying your and the at-fault driver’s insurance company, filing a police report, and documenting the accident as best you can. If you are able to locate the at-fault driver, you should file a plan under your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage if you have it. You can also use your collision coverage to pay for your vehicle repairs.

How Hit-and-Runs Affect Car Insurance Rates

Generally, auto insurance rates increase after a hit-and-run accident. Connecticut is an at-fault state, which means the driver who causes an accident is responsible for any damage and injury expenses. It’s important to note that your insurance premium will increase more if you are the driver who caused an accident compared to if you are the victim.

Hit-and-Runs in Connecticut Statistics

Connecticut Crash Data Repository data reports a total number of 336,282 vehicle crashes over the past three years.1 Out of this total, here is the number of hit-and-runs resulting in fatalities:

Year Number of hit-and-run crashes involving at least one fatality
2006 10
2007 10
2008 17
2009 5
2010 20
2011 10
2012 11
2013 12
2014 15
2015 14
2016 24

Hit-and-Run Laws in Connecticut

State legislation in Connecticut requires drivers to stop at the scene of an accident and file a police report, as well as gather necessary information from witnesses and other parties involved.2 Here is a list of details to obtain:

  1. The other party’s:
    • Name, address, and contact information
    • Vehicle make, model, year, and color, as well as the license plate number
    • Insurance company name and policy number
  2. Location and circumstances of the accident
  3. Photos of any resulting injuries or property damage
  4. Names and contact information of any witnesses

If you fail to gather the above information or flee the scene altogether, you will face possible imprisonment, fines, and license suspension. The more severe the injuries and damage caused, the more severe your penalties will be.


What happens if you are found guilty of a hit-and-run? You’ll face various penalties for evading responsibility for the resulting damages or injuries.3

Injury or damage caused Death Severe physical injury Physical injury Property damage
Conviction Felony Felony Unclassified felony Class A misdemeanor
Prison sentence/fine Two to 20 years, up to a $20,000 fine, or both Two to 20 years, up to a $20,000 fine,

or both

1st offense: Up to one year, fine of $75 to $600, or both

Subsequent offenses: Up to one year, fine of

$100 to $1,000, or both

1st offense: Up to one year, fine of $75 to $600 fine, or both

Subsequent offenses: Up to one year, fine of $100 to $1,000, or both

Driver’s license suspension period 1st offense: 1 year or more

Subsequent offenses: 2  years or more

1st offense: 90 days or more

Subsequent offenses: 2 years or more

1st offense: 90 days or more

Subsequent offenses: 1 year or more

1st offense: 90 days or more

Subsequent offenses: 1 year or more


According to the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA), a “serious physical injury” poses a significant risk of death or causes “serious disfigurement, impairment of
health, or loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ” (CGA, 2015).


After a hit-and-run in Connecticut, it is crucial to stop at the scene and call necessary personnel, especially if there is injury, damage, or death. First, you should help individuals needing medical attention and contact emergency services. Then, you should make sure to exchange your and your vehicle’s details with everyone involved and take pictures of the scene and any evidence. Avoid chasing a fleeing driver, and remember to file a police report and contact your insurance company, regardless of fault.

Frequently Asked Questions

What counts as a hit-and-run?

Any situation where a driver flees the scene of an accident instead of reporting it to the police or exchanging contact information with the other party involved counts as a hit-and-run.

What will happen if I leave the scene of an accident?

Leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges, legal penalties like fines or imprisonment, and potential civil lawsuits.

When should I call my insurance company after a hit-and-run?

You should report a hit-and-run to your insurance company as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of the incident.

How long do I have to report a hit-and-run in Connecticut?

Connecticut state law requires immediate reporting for serious accidents. We suggest you check your local county laws for minor incidents for specific time frames.


  1. Crash Emphasis Areas. UCONN Connecticut Crash Data Repository. (2023).

  2. Substitute House Bill No. 5290 Public Act No. 14-130. State of Connecticut. (2014, Jun 6).

  3. PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT. Office Of Legislative Research, Connecticut General Assembly. (2015, Dec 31).