Traffic violations take numerous forms, and some of these offenses could have a devastating impact on your life if you face charges. From speeding to driving with a suspended license, it is important to understand the potential repercussions that could come up. For example, you could face fines, time behind bars, the loss of your driving privileges and a shattered reputation.
If accused of failing to stop at the scene of an accident following a crash, you could deal with different consequences, depending on the details surrounding the incident.
What you must do after an accident
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, drivers have to stop at the scene of a motor vehicle accident if the crash resulted in an injury, the loss of life or vehicular damage. If unable to stop immediately, you must pull over as soon as you can and head back to the accident site.
If someone involved in the accident asks to see your driver’s license, you must provide it. Additionally, you must render aid (if necessary) and provide your license plate number, address and name.
The penalties for failing to stop at the scene of an accident
If convicted of failing to stop at the scene of an accident you became involved in, you could face license suspension for one year if the accident only caused vehicular damage. A minor injury could lead to license revocation for three years, a serious injury could result in a five-year revocation and you could lose your license for 10 years if the accident caused a death.
Make sure you have a firm understanding of your options and rights if you face charges for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident.