Leaving the Scene
Charged with Leaving the Scene in York?
Harrisburg Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Leaving the scene of an accident (hit & run) can be a very serious matter. Pennsylvania law requires that the person responsible for an automobile accident resulting in property damage, personal injury or death immediately stop at the scene of the accident and do the following:
- Give his or her name and address
- Give his or her registration information
- Show a valid driver’s license
- Show automobile insurance information (information showing financial responsibility)
- Render reasonable assistance to any person injured in the accident
- Transport or make arrangements to have the injured person transported to a physician, hospital or surgical treatment facility, if it is apparent that treatment is necessary or if requested by the injured person
Under Pennsylvania law, if a driver is involved in an accident resulting in damage to another vehicle being driven by another driver, failure to stop immediately at the scene of the accident may result in misdemeanor charges and driver’s license suspension. If a driver is involved in an accident involving another vehicle or property where no one else is present, failure to immediately stop and locate or notify the owner of the damaged property of his name, address, insurance and registration information, may result in summary charges and drivers license suspension.
Traffic Ticket Attorney in Harrisburg: Leaving the Scene Charges
Drivers convicted of leaving the scene after an accident causing serious injury may face third degree felony charges. If convicted, they face a jail sentence of not less than 90 days and a minimum fine of $1,000 (this does not include damages to the injured person). If convicted of a hit and run accident involving death, the minimum sentence is a 1 year prison term and a minimum fine of $2,500 (again, not including damages to the family of the victim).
Dealing with the repercussions of an accident involving a hit and run can be complex and overwhelming. An experienced York traffic ticket attorney can help protect your rights and seek to minimize the repercussions. The attorneys at Colgan & Associates, LLC are very experienced with hit and run cases and will be able to help you.
If you have recently been involved in an accident and have been charged with leaving the scene, you may be at risk of extensive damages and fines, as well as suspension of your license and could even face imprisonment.