What are the consequences for leaving the scene of a car accident?

Asked over 1 year ago - Malone, NY

i was in a minor car accident in a parking lot everyone was fine and there was minimal damage to the 2 vehicles. i still dont feel comfertable so i am going to the state troopers to report it, in case the other person trys to say i did worse then what happened. i realize i will get multiple tickets and im wondering whats the worse for leaving the scene. i was at fault but the lady told me to just write a check and being only 17 i couldnt. so she made me sign an agreement, i realize now that it was wrong

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . You don't have to report hte accident to the police you just have to show the other person your license and insurance. You can be arrested for leaving the scene without doing that or reporting it to the police. Read Vehicle and Traffic law 600.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  2. Jeffrey Ira Schwimmer

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    Answered . Since it was a "minor fender bender", and since both drivers exchanged license information, etc. , and there was no personal injury, you should not be charged for leaving the scene of an accident. You should still report it to your insurance company and see if your carrier will pay for any property damage claimed.

  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Retain a local traffic court lawyer to fight it.

  4. Matthew C Simon

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    Answered . Dont talk to anyone. Hire an attorney ASAP. Good luck.

    The above is general information only and is not legal advice. The information provided does not form an attorney-... more
  5. Matthew Charles Price

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    Answered . Before you do anything else, you need to hire a local attorney to advise you of your rights and obligations under NY law.

    An attorney-client relationship is NOT created through the use of this website or by answering this particular... more
  6. Christopher Steven Hoffmann

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    Answered . If you are in a car accident, are at fault, and leave the scene of the accident, there can be criminal issues as well as an affect on the civil case against you. In the civil case where a party leaves the scene of the accident, most states allow an inference of guilt as a result of these actions. Call a local automobile accident attorney for the laws of your state.

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