Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Serving White Plains, Peekskill, Westchester County & the Surrounding Counties
Have you been charged with leaving the scene of an automobile accident?
This is a serious offense that can have long lasting effects on your driver's
license, insurance rates and/or a potential civil lawsuit. It is important
to speak with a
criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Our attorneys are former prosecutors in Westchester County and Manhattan
our experience and aggressive approach will work to protect you from a
myriad of potential consequences including potential civil liability.
In fact, our lawyers are former attorneys with major insurance companies
and have defended countless automobile accident cases from "fender
benders" to serious physical injury and death.
Call our office today for a FREE Consultation. We will provide you with
an honest and straightforward assessment of your case and we always make
ourselves available to keep you updated on your case and answer your questions.
Our relationship with our clients is paramount.
Leaving the Scene of an accident "Property Damage" and "Injury"
In New York State there are two different laws dealing with leaving the
scene of an accident, property damage only and an accident that involves
injury to a person.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident – Property Damage
Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 600(1)(a) defines this offense as
a person knowing or having cause to know that damage has been caused to
the property of another may not leave the accident without exchanging
information (insurance, name, address, phone number, etc.) and if not
able to do so must report that information as soon as physically able
to the nearest police station. VTL 600(1)(a) is a traffic infraction and
is punishable by either a fine of $250.00, 15 days in jail or both.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident – Personal Injury
Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 600(2) defines this offense as a
person knowing or having cause to know that personal injury has been caused
to another before leaving must exchange information (insurance, name,
address, phone number, etc.) to the injured party, police officer or report
the accident as soon as physically able to the nearest police station.
VTL 600(2) is a class "B" misdemeanor and a subsequent offense
is regarding as a class "A" misdemeanor and a previous conviction
is a class "E" felony. If the injury results in death or serious
physical injury the charge will automatically be a felony.
The Criminal Defense
These charges must be aggressively defended. Many times our client's
don't even know they were involved in an accident until a police officer
appears at their door. It is important to determine the exact proof the
prosecution has against an accused. Our attorneys are also experienced
dealing with people who intentionally place themselves in a position to
claim they were injured to collect insurance money or are seeking to exaggerate
an injury to create an insurance claim. This is where our attorneys experience
as prior insurance company lawyers and now as criminal defense attorneys
is a clear advantage.
Schedule Your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
If you or a loved one is charged with leaving the scene of an accident
in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange counties or the Bronx,
we are here to protect your rights and help you through this difficult
time. Contacts us online or by telephone at (914) 840-5104 to speak with
one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers.