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Posted on Feb 3, 2021

Sharifov & Associates, PLLC

NY law requires that in case of a traffic accident that results in a property damage or personal injury, drivers must exchange their information. In case you hit a parked car, you must report the accident to the nearest police. What happens if you did not notice that you damaged somebody else’s car or other property and continued driving? Police may arrest you within one year from the date of the accident. There may be surveillance cameras or witnesses who observed you hitting somebody’s car and leaving. Another driver may obtain your license plate and call 911. Under this scenario, a police officer may contact you by phone or in person at the car registration address. Car registrant may be contacted based on the car’s license plate, but the driver may be a different person. While the owner’s insurance may be liable for the property, only an actual driver can be arrested and charged with Leaving the scene of the accident. If police officer reaches the conclusion that you left the scene prior to exchanging the information he may arrest you. You are facing up to 15 days in jail, 3 points on your license and fines and increase in your insurance premiums. In case there was personal injury personal injury, you may be charged with a crime which carries even harsher penalties. Often admission by car owner gives police that missing element required for an arrest because police needs to know who was the driver of the car.
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