Leaving the scene of an accident and Safety Hearings
Hit and Run and Traffic Fatalities in New York City and New York State
If you have been in an automobile accident involving another vehicle or a pedestrian, you must exchange your license and insurance information with the other person. If you leave the scene of the accident involving personal injury without exchanging information, you may face criminal charges.
If you find yourself in this dilemma, contact an attorney immediately. You do not want to incriminate yourself by making statements or signing affidavits that could be used against you in a civil or criminal action.
Leaving the scene of an accident
If you have left the scene of an accident, your actions may be reported to the police by witnesses or victims. The police will then try to locate you and your vehicle. When you are located, you will be questioned or asked to come down to the station house. Contact an attorney. You have the right to be represented. Do not speak to the police alone. If the police worked hard to find you, they will probably not be sympathetic to your plight, even if the accident was not your fault.
If your driver’s license is in jeopardy as a result of a fatal accident, Karen A. Friedman can represent you at a fatality hearing. This administrative proceeding, called a “safety hearing,” is held by the Department of Motor Vehicles to determine whether your driver’s license should be suspended or revoked. During a safety hearing, testimony will be given, and reports and other evidence will be introduced into evidence. Reviewing every element of a pedestrian’s or motorist’s death is extremely stressful and emotionally draining. Having an attorney represent you at the hearing will ensure that the facts most favorable to you are clearly stated. It is essential that a clear record is maintained as the information gathered at this hearing can be used in civil litigation against you.
Have you been charged with leaving the scene of an accident or are you scheduled for a safety hearing? Call Karen A. Friedman at 212-213-2145 or 845-266-4400 or contact us for a free consultation.