Leaving The Scene of an Accident in Pennsylvania
Hit and run charges in Pennsylvania are a serious matter. 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.
Pennsylvania law requires that anyone responsible for an automobile accident resulting in property damage, personal injury or death immediately stop at the scene of the accident, provide identification, insurance and assist anyone who may be hurt. Failing to do so can turn even a minor incident into a major issue that can have life-altering consequences.
Pennsylvania Hit and Run Law
Drivers convicted of leaving the scene of 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).
Steps To Follow if you Have Been in an Accident
At the scene of an accident, it’s natural to feel scared, confused and emotional. This can make it hard to remember everything you should do to protect your rights in this situation. Here are eight important steps you should remember when dealing with an automobile accident.
- Stay at the scene.
- Check on all drivers and passengers.
- Call the police.
- Exchange information with the other vehicle(s) involved.
- Talk to witnesses.
- Take pictures of damages and injuries.
- Inform your insurance company.
- Consider hiring an attorney to ensure all appropriate expenses are covered.
How Colgan & Associates Can Help
Our experienced traffic lawyers are here to help you! At Colgan & Associates, we understand every aspect of Pennsylvania’s traffic law and can help ensure your rights are fully represented. Especially when an accident results in serious injuries or damages, don’t take the chance of incurring hefty fines, penalties or jail time. Talk with our experienced lawyers who can advise of your best options to resolve the matter quickly. Call us today at (800) 615-0115.