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What are the Hit & Run Laws in Arizona?

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

Even though Amanda Bynes has a suspended license because of two hit-and-run incidents, she hasn’t stopped driving. In September, she was pulled over by police for driving without her headlights on, but was only given a verbal warning. It was unclear whether or not the police checked her license.

Besides the circumstances above, Bynes has had several other accounts of violating driving laws. The actress was pulled over for talking on her cellphone but took off before the cop could give her the ticket, she was arrested for DUI after sideswiping a police car, she crashed into a car on the freeway and left the scene, and she sideswiped a truck and proceeded to keep driving.

In Arizona, you are legally obligated to stop if you are involved in an accident, and failure to do so can be considered as leaving the scene of an accident, which may earn you a hit & run charge. This charge can come with serious consequences, especially if someone was injured in the accident.

Arizona law, A.R.S. 28-663 Duty to Give Information and Assistance, states that if you are involved in an accident, you are legally required to perform the following duties:

  1. Give your name, address, and registration to the other driver or responding police officer.
  2. Show your driver’s license if the other driver or responding officer requests that you do so.
  3. Assist the other driver by administering first aid or getting help for injuries if necessary.

Any individual who fails to offer information or assistance after they have been involved in an accident in Arizona can be charged with class 3 misdemeanor which can come with up to $500 in fines and 30 days in jail.

In addition to the statute above, Arizona law includes A.R.S. 28-662 regarding accidents involving damage to a vehicle. This statute states that any individual who is involved in an accident and damage is done to a vehicle has the legal obligation to stop as soon as possible. If you are unable to stop immediately, you must return to the scene as soon as possible. After you have stopped, you must perform the same duties as are stated in A.R.S. 28-663.

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