Hit and run collisions cause serious bodily harm, and the act of leaving the scene of an accident after causing a collision is considered a crime. Drivers who hit an object, another driver, or a pedestrian but leave the scene without giving them assistance or providing information may be found in violation of the law. Injured individuals can pursue a civil claim against the driver, if they are later located, and seek compensation for their injuries, emotional suffering, and property damage resulting from the accident.
Recently, New Mexico legislators are seeking to address what some have called an increase of car accidents and reckless drivers. Addressing dangerous drivers is one purpose of a proposed law that makes hit and run offenses a more severe crime, leading to a potentially longer jail term. According to the law today, those who knowingly leave the scene of an accident when someone is injured or dies may be charged with a third-degree felony.