In the State of New Jersey leaving the scene of an accident may result in the loss of your driving privileges from 6 months to 1 year, 8 insurance points, imprisonment, and substantial fines. If you are involved in an accident, NJ law requires that you stop at or near the scene of the accident and call the police. A motorist must understand that the slightest single car accident requires the motorist to report the accident. Even if the accident may have not been your fault, you are required to report it. Knowingly leaving the scene of the accident can prompt the police to issue a serious ticket commonly known as, “leaving the scene of an accident” in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-129.
Responsibilities Under the Law
According to NJSA 39:4-129, if you are involved in an automobile accident resulting in property damage, injury and/or death you are required to remain at the scene and call the police to exchange information. Failure to notify the police of a car accident can result in the serious penalties and fines outlined below.
The Penalties for Leaving the Scene
NJSA 39:4-129(a) involving death or injury results in the following penalties:
- Fine $2500.00 to $5,000.00
- Imprisonment for up to 180 days at discretion of the Court (typically imposed if death to a person or injury to a person other than the offender takes place)
- 1st offense 1-year loss of NJ driver’s privileges (second or more offenses result in a permanent loss of NJ driver’s privileges)
NJSA 39:4-129(b) involving death or injury results in the following penalties:
- Fine from $200 to $400
- Imprisonment for up 30 days at the discretion of the Court
- 6 months loss of NJ driving privileges.
2nd or More Offenses:
- Fine from $400.00 to $600.00
- Imprisonment from 30 days to 90 days
- 1-year loss of NJ Driving privileges.
If you are in an accident that involved leaving the scene, you should consider hiring an experienced traffic violation attorney. The Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo can help you through the legal process, answer your questions, and work to have the charges dismissed.