What Happens if You Leave the Scene of an Accident in Nevada?

Nevada law requires that you stop your vehicle at the scene of any accident in which you were involved and take certain actions depending on the nature of the collision.

Unattended vehicles and property damage accidents

If your driving resulted in property damage to an unattended vehicle or other property, you must immediately notify the owner of your responsibility for the accident. You do this by either contacting the owner or attaching a note in a conspicuous place that contains both your name and address and the vehicle owner’s name and address. You must also immediately report the accident to the Nevada Highway Patrol or the nearest police department. Fleeing a property damage accident is a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to six months in county jail, a fine, and points assessed against your driver license.

Accidents involving occupied vehicles driven by others

If you got into an accident with another vehicle driven by another person, you must immediately stop at the scene of the accident, out of the lane of traffic, and remain there until you’ve given your name, address, car registration to the other driver. You must present your driver license if asked to do so. You must also surrender that driver license to any investigating law enforcement officer if asked to do so.

Death or personal injury accidents

If you were involved in an accident that caused death or personal injury, you must stop and give aid to anyone who was injured, which generally means calling an ambulance or law enforcement. You must also report the accident to law enforcement and provide your identifying information. If you flee from an injury or fatal accident, you may be facing two to 15 years in a Nevada state prison.

Sometimes people panic and flee because they are afraid that they might be arrested for the accident, or they had a beer on the way home, or they simply think they won’t get caught. This only makes a bad situation worse. In a society where cellular telephones with built-in cameras are ubiquitous, your chances of getting away from a traffic accident unidentified are almost nil.

If you were involved in a traffic collision, don’t leave without complying with the law. If you did flee an accident scene, and are concerned about a pending arrest or have been arrested, contact a skilled and knowledgeable hit-and-run defense lawyer familiar with the Nevada criminal justice system to discuss your case.

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