If you are involved in a car accident, you may face penalties if you leave the scene without first exchanging important information with the other parties involved in the crash or waiting for law enforcement to arrive. There are important reasons behind this rule that every driver should be familiar with. It is important to note, however, that if you are charged, possible defenses to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident may apply. Consulting with an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and responsibilities in these cases.
3 Reasons You Are Required to Remain at the Scene of an Accident
Why are drivers generally required to remain at the accident scene after a crash? The following is an overview:
- To offer help to drivers, passengers, or nearby pedestrians who may be suffering from an injury as a result of the accident.
- To provide an opportunity for the parties involved in the accident to exchange relevant identification and insurance information. This may include your name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, insurance carrier, and policy number.
- To prevent a party from avoiding criminal or civil liability that might arise from the accident by fleeing the scene. For example, a party in the crash who was driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not permitted to simply leave the scene in order to avoid detection.
If you are charged with fleeing the scene of an accident, all hope is not lost. We encourage you to contact us today for help at 888-386-3898.