Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Police vehicle flashing lightsIf you fail to stop and take certain steps after an accident, you face serious charges. Failure to stop transforms the situation into a hit-and-run, which carries significant penalties.

At the Law Office of Murray, Phillips & Gay, we use more than 20 years of legal experience to defend those involved in hit-and-runs. We provide personal, attentive service to our clients, and we are ready to listen to your side of the story. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and help you make wise decisions on what steps to take next.

To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced hit-and-run attorney, please call 302-855-9300 or contact our law firm online.

Responsibilities After an Accident

Even if you were not at fault, you have certain obligations to meet. Some of these include:

  • Exchange insurance information with the other driver
  • Report the accident. Call 911 or your local precinct to report the accident. 
  • Wait there! Move your vehicle out of the lanes of traffic, but don’t leave the scene!
  • Speak to police

If you do not fulfill these responsibilities, you may be charged with a crime, as well as face possible civil fines.

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Penalties for Fleeing the Scene of an Accident

The penalties for hit-and-run accidents in Delaware vary depending on resulting damages or injuries. It is important to speak with an experienced Delaware criminal defense attorney if you were involved in a hit-and-run. We will guide you through the legal process and try to minimize the impact these charges may have on your life.

Property damage only

If you leave without providing insurance information, you face a license suspension for six months. The consequences of leaving the scene will be compounded with the consequences of causing the property damage.

Injury From Crash

If you injure the other driver in the crash, you face heavy fines and a one-year license suspension. You also face up to one year in jail. Even if you were driving drunk or distracted, you should stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. The consequences of leaving the scene will be compounded with the consequences of a DUI. 

Accident Resulting in Death

If the other driver died, you face heavy fines and a two-year license suspension. You also face up to five years in prison.

Contact a Leaving the Scene of an Accident Defense Attorney

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your specific situation and legal needs, give us a call at 302-855-9300 or contact the firm online.

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