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In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the driver of any vehicle that is in an
accident involving injury or death must immediately stop as close to the
scene as possible and offer assistance to the injured. If the driver is
unable to render help due to their own injuries they must report the accident
as soon as possible.
The driver must provide the following:
- Driver's license number
- Vehicle registration number
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Failure to do so is a Class 5 felony if injury, death, and / or more than
$1,000.00 in damage occur. A Class 5 felony is punishable by 1 to 10 years'
incarceration and a $2,500.00 fine, either or both. If the accident results
in less than $1,000.00 damage and is not properly reported, this is a
Class 1 misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and
a fine up to $2,500.00, either or both.
If the driver fails to report the accident, what is a passenger's responsibility?
Any passenger in the vehicle over 16 years of age is
required to report the accident if the driver fails to do so. Any damage caused by a driver of a vehicle to an unattended property
must be reported within 24 hours. The driver shall make a reasonable effort
to locate the owner of the property.
If the driver fails to make an attempt to locate a property owner, any
passenger over 16 must report the accident. Failure to comply can result
in a Class 6 felony if injury or death occurs, a Class 1 misdemeanor if
property damage occurs, or a Class 4 misdemeanor if the damage is less
than $250.00. These laws are in the Code of Virginia § 46.2-894 through
§ 46.2-901d. It is very important to be aware of these rules and
to comply with the law if you have been involved in a traffic accident
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If convicted of one of the above charges, there is a chance that the accused
individual's driving privileges may be suspended. Laws can be very
confusing. If you have been charged or if you have questions following
a traffic accident, make sure that you call an experienced
Richmond criminal defense lawyer who understands these laws right away. At Carlson & Collier, we are
proud to offer our strategic and committed representation to clients facing
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