Motor vehicle accidents happen all the time and, when they do, the parties of both vehicles are required to exchange information. All states have various laws governing hit and run accidents but, in New Jersey, the law is very clear. Leaving the scene of an accident without acknowledging the event and taking responsibility is punishable by stiff fines, possible loss of license and even jail time.
There are two types of “leaving the scene of an accident” charges in New Jersey. One is a traffic violation and the other is a criminal charge. If you are facing the more serious criminal charge because you are accused of “knowingly leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily injury,” contact the skilled lawyers at Rudnick Law right away.
If any of the following situations occur, you will be expected to stay at the scene of an accident:
- Hitting a parked car or other damage to someone’s property (without causing bodily injury)
- Injuring a person, such as the driver of another car or motorcycle, a passenger or a pedestrian
- Causing death to anyone involved in the accident
Once an accident occurs, you must stop your vehicle as soon as possible and exchange information with other drivers. Beyond this, it is your legal duty to contact the police and medical personnel if someone has sustained injuries.
If there are no other people present, you must leave your information and make every effort to contact the owners of the property. For example, you can write down the license plate information or get the address of a property involved in the accident. You can then contact the police in an effort to report the accident and take responsibility for your negligence.
If you do not stop and exchange information, or make reasonable efforts to contact the owners of the property you damaged, you may be ticketed for a hit and run. If there was significant injuries sustained, and certainly if someone was killed in the accident, you may very well be facing felony hit and run charges.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, stay calm and contact a savvy lawyer who will protect your rights. We will get a full understanding of what happened, collect all evidence and mount a defense on your behalf. Don’t delay, call Rudnick Law today.