When a person is in an accident and they leave before the police arrive, they are going to face serious consequences. When you are in an automobile accident, the proper protocol is always to pull over on the side of the road, exchange contact and insurance information and wait for the police to arrive. This should be done regardless of whose fault the accident was. Even if it was your fault, you will have to deal with the consequences. If you leave the scene of an accident, those consequences will be worse than they would be if you stayed and went through this process with the other person and the police.
People who leave the scene of the accident can be charged with either evading responsibility, which has potential criminal ramifications and possibility of jail, or with a lesser charge of failure to stop and show license. In many instances, we are able to reduce the adverse impact of such a charge so it’s important that you contact us immediately. If you’re involved in an accident, you need to understand that under Connecticut law, you need to stop and either report the incident or exchange information based on the circumstances. Your failure to do so can not only subject you to arrest but can have significant adverse insurance consequences. So contact us if this happens to you.
Marc N. Needelman is an experienced Traffic Violations Defense Attorney, working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to speak with an experienced lawyer and set up a free initial consultation.