DC Hit and Run Lawyer
Otherwise known as “hit-and-run,” Leaving After Colliding may be charged in Washington, D.C. when a driver who has been in an auto accident which causes property damage, injury to a domestic animal, or personal injury, leaves the scene without waiting for police to arrive.
In cases of property damage only, the law requires the driver to stay on the scene until police arrive, and exchange information with the other driver or drivers. If the owner of the vehicle or domestic animal is not present, the driver must provide the required insurance and identifying information to law enforcement or the 911 operator. Failure to do so may result in a jail sentence of up to 30 days, and/or a $250 fine.
When someone suffers a physical injury as a result of the accident, the driver must ensure that any necessary medical treatment is provided. He or she must also wait for law enforcement and provide insurance and identifying information. The penalty for failure to do this is up to 180 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.
Because drivers suspected of Leaving After Colliding are often tracked down some time after the actual accident, police often contact the alleged driver by mail, and request that the suspect voluntarily visit the police department for questioning. Because any statements made by you will be used against you in court, no suspect should ever comply with this request before contacting a D.C. traffic lawyer with experience in defending leaving after colliding charges.