Leaving an Accident Scene
Leaving an accident scene is a huge mistake to make. However, our Buffalo criminal defense lawyers can still represent your case and protect your rights. We will work tirelessly to get the charges dropped and make sure your license isn’t revoked. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Leaving an Accident Scene | Questions
When you receive a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident, you may wonder: Can my license be suspended? Can I be arrested? What if I wasn’t aware that the accident occurred? If you fled the scene of an accident, call our Buffalo office immediately for legal guidance on your next steps. Trust the office of Arthur L. Pressman, Attorney at Law. We have more than 30 years of experience dealing with the complex New York traffic courts and know how frightening this charge can be.
Leaving an Accident Scene | Property Damage
New York code VTL 600(1) indicates that if a driver involved in an auto accident knows, or has reason to know, that property damage has occurred, the driver is required to stay at the scene of the accident to provide all of the following:
- Driver license
- Proof of insurance
- Driver’s name and address, insurance carrier and driver license number to the other party
If you left the scene of an accident or have been ticketed for such, you can be fined up to $250 and face possible jail time of up to 15 days. In addition, at-fault drivers receive three points on their license.
If you are a commercial driver and leave the scene of an accident, you run the risk of having your license revoked for one year. This can be devastating if your livelihood depends on driving. Our experienced lawyer, Arthur L. Pressman, provides you with strong legal representation for your defense.
Leaving an Accident Scene | Personal Injury
New York state law says that if a driver is involved in an accident and knows or has reason to know that personal injury to another has occurred, the driver must stop at the scene and provide license and insurance information. Failure to do so could result in your being charged with a felony or misdemeanor. Subsequent violations are considered a Class A misdemeanor, followed by a Class E felony.