New Jersey state law makes it illegal to leave the scene of an accident. The guidelines for this law are outlined in state statute 39:4-129 and apply only to the driver of a vehicle. Drivers can be charged with a crime, even if the damage only occurs to the driver's vehicle. The law extends to one car accidents such as hitting a mailbox, utility pole or parked car and accidents involving several vehicles as well. It is necessary for all guidelines to be followed to avoid being charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
To ensure you aren't charged with leaving the scene of an accident in New Jersey, you need to follow proper procedures. It's important to realize procedures differ depending on whether people are present at the time of the accident or not. Additionally, these guidelines only apply to drivers. Witnesses and passengers have a moral obligation to provide details regarding the crash, but aren't required to under state law.
Procedures to Follow if Witnesses are Present at the Accident:
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, you need to contact an attorney right away. A lawyer can help you protect your driving privileges and your rights. For a free legal consultation contact Daniel Berger, ESQ. at 908-814-2466 to discuss your situation.