Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Failing to stop, leave information, and render aid after a car accident in Florida can result in the criminal charge of “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” aka “Hit and Run”. It is a misdemeanor if it involved only property damage but can become a third-degree felony with any injury, a second-degree felony with serious injury, and a first-degree felony with death (and a minimum 4 years in prison). However, many times a person can be completely unaware an accident has even occurred or that anything was hit.

After any accident you are required to:

  • Stop at the scene (don’t leave)
  • Don’t obstruct traffic (if able, move the vehicles)
  • Render aid to the injured (if occupied)
  • Provide your name, address, and VIN
  • Present your driver’s license (upon request)
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Common Defenses:

If you’re facing any charges, contact Blaine today to discuss your case.