Washington law provides that in case of personal injury, death or damage the driver of a vehicle has a duty to attend to the vehicle or other property. See RCW 46.52.020
Simply stated, the if you damage someone else's property, specifically while driving, you have a duty to attend to that vehicle or property.
According to an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, an average of 3.8% of all deadly crashes in 2001, involved a hit and run driver. In fact, nearly one in five pedestrians (18%) killed on America's roadways is the victim of a hit-and-run crash, according to a major research report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety.
If you would like more information on hit and run accidents visit www.deadlyroads.com/laws/washington-hit-and-run-laws.shtml as well as the Davis Law Group Library.