Can you be convicted for leaving the scene of a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2022 | Traffic Violations

It’s not every day that you find yourself in a car accident. So, it can be unexpected when you are involved in a car crash – especially when you have places you need to be.

If you were recently in a crash, you may not have stayed around long enough to do your due diligence as a driver. However, you might be worried you broke some type of vehicle law because of your actions. Here’s what you should know: 

Hit-and-runs are a problem

About one out of four vehicle accidents turn into a hit-and-run. If you left the scene of a car incident then you could be charged with a hit-and-run – even if you were the one that was hit. There are certain steps to fulfill your statutory duties before you leave a car accident. 

If you are in a car accident that involves injuries or property damage and you’re looking to avoid being charged with a hit-and-run you’ll need to do the following, under Chapter 316.061-316.063 of Florida law:

  • Stop and position your vehicle located near the accident and away from oncoming traffic as best as possible
  • Tell the other driver or the property manager your name, address and registration number – and your license if requested
  • Contact the police for a report on the accident
  • Contact medical professionals if the other driver appears to be seriously injured

Give your license, address, name and registration number to the responding officer of the accident

You could be facing severe penalties for leaving the scene of a car accident. Property damage, injuries and fatalities each have unique punishments – most of which could lead to fines and jail time.