A road traffic collision can be stressful for everyone involved. It’s difficult to know what to do for the best unless you are trained for emergency scenarios.
Some people are able to remain calm and attend to victims if there are any, and help clear up any damage. The natural reaction of others may be to panic and flee the scene.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is never a good idea. In fact, it is unlawful to do this in Kentucky.
Accidents must be reported even if nobody is around
If an accident occurs and nobody has been hurt, then this is a good thing. However, property damage must still be addressed.
If the property that has been damaged is a vehicle, then a note must be left containing the details of the driver who caused the damage. If this is not feasible, or property other than a vehicle has been damaged, then a report must be made with law enforcement. Failure to do this could result in a fine of $500 and even a prison sentence.
Damage to attended property
If an accident occurs and the owners of the damaged property are at the scene, relevant details must be exchanged between the parties.
Fleeing the scene before exchanging details is treated very seriously by the courts, and such conduct could result in a fine of up to $10,000 as well as a potential prison sentence of one year or more.
When injuries have occurred
Fleeing the scene of an accident where someone has been hurt is the most serious type of hit-and-run. Drivers who have been caught up in such incidents are expected to do everything in their power to help, such as calling the emergency services.
A failure to act on these obligations is categorized as a Class C felony and could result in a very lengthy sentence.
If you are facing hit-and-run charges then this is very serious. However, just because you have been accused does not mean you are guilty. Having legal guidance on your side will help you to come up with the best possible defense strategy.