Leaving the Scene of an Accident
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in Delaware, you must stop and take certain steps required by law. This is true whether or not someone was injured in the crash. Failure to stop transforms the situation into a hit-and-run accident, which is a crime carrying 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-run accidents. 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 Georgetown hit-and-run accident attorney, please call 302-855-9300 or contact our law firm online.
Responsibilities After an Accident
Even if you were not at fault in the accident, you have certain obligations to meet. Some of these include:
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver
- Report the accident
- Speak to police
If you do not fulfill these responsibilities, you may be charged with a crime, as well as face possible civil fines.
Penalties for Fleeing the Scene of an Accident
The penalties for hit-and-run accidents in Delaware vary depending on if someone was injured or if there was only property damage.
- Property damage only: If you leave the scene without providing insurance information, your license may be suspended for six months.
- Injury accident: If the other driver was hurt in the crash, you face heavy fines, a one-year license suspension and up to one year in jail.
- An accident resulting in death: If the other driver died due to the accident and you fled the scene, you face heavy fines, a two-year license suspension and up to five years in prison.
It is important to speak with an experienced Delaware criminal defense attorney if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident. We can help guide you through the legal process and we will try to minimize the impact these charges may have on your life.
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.