Leaving an Accident Scene

Leaving an Accident Scene

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a collision, leaving the scene of an accident is never a good idea. Even when the accident involves your car and an unattended vehicle, you’re better off following the law. The consequences for leaving the scene are serious.

If you operate a vehicle that is involved in a collision with an unattended vehicle or other property, the recommendation is for drivers to leave a note attached to the vehicle that includes their name, address and insurance information. This enables the vehicle’s owner to file an insurance claim. Moreover, it’s best to report the collision to local law enforcement. This protects you on a number of levels. If you left the scene of an accident without leaving your information or reporting it to authorities, you could be charged with a misdemeanor that might result in jail time and fines.

The stakes are even higher when you’re involved in an accident that injures or kills another driver. Leave the scene without rendering aid, calling law enforcement or otherwise reporting the accident, and you may find yourself spending as much as 15 years in prison.

If you’re involved in a collision, never leave the scene, and call a criminal defense attorney to make certain your rights are protected.