Naperville, IL Traffic Violations Attorneys
Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Illinois
As a driver in the State of Illinois, you have certain responsibilities if an accident should occur. Whether you were the person at fault for the accident or were the victim of someone else’s mistake, it is never a good idea to leave the scene of an accident without following the proper steps. However, in the confusion that can take place after a car accident, miscommunication or a lapse in judgment can occur, and you may face charges of leaving the scene of an accident. If you find yourself in this position, it is important that you contact an experienced Illinois traffic law attorney such as those at Donahue, Sowa & Mangana as soon as possible.
What are My Responsibilities After an Accident?
If you have been in an accident, you should stop your vehicle as soon as is safely possible and check on the well-being of the individuals in any other cars involved in the accident as well as any pedestrians. If anyone is injured, call for help immediately. Otherwise, it is still a good idea to contact the authorities to ensure that a report is filed.
If everyone is physically fine, the next step is to exchange information with the other drivers, including full names, insurance information, addresses, vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers and drivers license information. If the police have not arrived at the scene of the accident to make a report, then it is your responsibility to ensure that one is filed within a half hour of the accident.
What Will Happen if I Leave the Scene of an Accident?
The penalties for leaving the scene of an accident differ depending on a number of factors. Possible penalties include fines, jail time, and drivers license revocation.
- How severe the accident was. The legal repercussions for an accident that results in injury or death are much more harsh than those for an accident that only resulted in minor property damage.
- Whose fault the accident was. If you caused the accident, you may face different penalties than if you did not.
- Why you failed to report the accident. If you had to go to the hospital, were unconscious, or had another valid health reason that prevented you from reporting the accident, you are less likely to face legal ramifications.
If you or someone you care about may be facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident in Illinois, contact the traffic lawyers at Donahue & Sowa today. We have the experience you need to ensure that this serious situation is handled in the best manner possible. We serve clients throughout Will, Kane, and Cook Counties including those in St. Charles and Naperville.