Can you be charged with leaving the scene of an accident if your a passanger?

Asked over 2 years ago - Elizabethtown, KY

the guy we was with recked and was drunk no one was injured so my friend and i left but came back when we seen the police and they arrested us for leaving the scene.

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  1. Frank Mascagni III

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Duty in case of an accident (f/k/a hit and run) is governed by KRS 189.580:
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    Notes ADD NOTE SHOW NOTES HIDE NOTES § 189.580. Duty in case of accident - Movement of vehicle from roadway after accident - Removal of vehicles obstructing roadway - Exemptions - Costs of removal recoverable.

    Kentucky Statutes

    Title 16. MOTOR VEHICLES

    Chapter 189. TRAFFIC REGULATIONS - VEHICLE EQUIPMENT AND STORAGE


    Current through Chapter 106, Regular Session 2011

    § 189.580. Duty in case of accident - Movement of vehicle from roadway after accident - Removal of vehicles obstructing roadway - Exemptions - Costs of removal recoverable

    (1) (a) The operator of any vehicle, whose vehicle, vehicle load, or vehicle equipment which is involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person, shall immediately stop and ascertain the extent of the injury or damage and render reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person. The operator or person having or assuming authority of the operator, or ownership of the vehicle, shall give the occupant of the vehicle, or person struck, if requested, the registration number of the vehicle, if any, and also the names and addresses of the owner, the occupants, and operator. The total names need not exceed five (5) in number.

    (b) If an accident that occurs on an interstate highway or parkway or any on-ramp or off-ramp thereto does not involve death, known or visible injury, or the transportation of hazardous material, the operator shall move the vehicle off the roadway to a place as close to the accident scene as practicable without obstructing traffic as soon as the vehicle can be moved without the risk of further injury or damage. The operator or person having or assuming authority of the operator, or ownership of the vehicle, shall give any other person involved in the accident, if requested, the registration number of the vehicle, if any, and also the names and addresses of the owner, the occupants, and the operator of his or her vehicle, and insurance information for the vehicle.

    (2) The operator of any vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property shall immediately stop as close to the accident scene as possible without obstructing traffic and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of his or her name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle or other property a written notice giving his or her name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, or shall file a report with the local police department.

    (3) If the operator of a vehicle is unable to move a vehicle off the roadway under the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the operator or owner may permit any person who possesses a valid operator's license or proper class of commercial driver's license to move the vehicle as provided in this section.

    (4) Except as provided for in subsection (5) of this section, a peace officer or safety officer may remove or cause to be removed from the roadway of an interstate highway or parkway or any on-ramp or off-ramp thereto, without consent of the owner or operator, any vehicle, cargo, or other property which is obstructing the roadway, creating or aggravating an emergency situation, or otherwise endangering public safety. A

    I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this... more
  2. Christian K. Lassen II

    Pro

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . This was posted in the personal injury section. If you were charged with a crime, you can search Avvo for a criminal lawyer in your city for representation. Good luck to you.

    Lassen Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers Philadelphia. www.InjuryLawyerPhiladelphia.com Phone 215-510-6755.
  3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Changed the practice area to criminal defense as it seems more fitting.
    You may have had a duty to report per my reading of the code [189.580(6)(b)] as an occupant.
    You should talk to an attorney. And say noting else to cops.

    The above is not intended as legal advice. The response does not constitute the creation of an attorney client... more

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