Traffic laws in most states require you to take certain steps immediately following a car accident, including stopping your vehicle and remaining at the scene. Failure to do so results in potential criminal penalties, as leaving the scene is classified as either a misdemeanor or felony crime. The most serious consequences for leaving the scene of an accident are fines and jail time, but you may also face driver’s license revocation and increases to your auto insurance.
If you are found to be at fault for the accident, failing to remain at the scene will be included in the victim’s personal injury lawsuit. For this reason, you should immediately stop your vehicle once it’s safe to do so following an auto accident. Next, you need to locate anybody else involved in the accident and provide your name, address, phone number, vehicle registration number, and insurance information.
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