As of 2019, NYPD reported that 492 civilians had left the scene of a hit and run without reporting the incident to the police. While any car accident can be shocking, leaving the scene of an accident is illegal and can lead to arrest or further legal issues. We will review the legality aspects of leaving a hit-and-run accident, the consequences, and what to do if you are in this situation.
New York Laws and Hit-and-Runs
In the state of New York, you must provide your license and insurance information to the persons involved in the accident if there is property damage or personal injury to either party. Even if there is no visible personal injury or property damage in the initial accident, exchanging contact information can come in handy if issues arise a few days after the accident. New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law (VLT) 600(1)(a) regards property damage while VTL 600(2)(a) involves personal injury, not including animals. Personal injury from accidents should be reported to the police as well.