Legal Question in Traffic Law in Pennsylvania

Leaving the Scene of an accident

What can happen to a person who left the scene of an accident where there are no injuries? What if the person had a DUI 3 years ago? Note; he was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

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Asked on 11/27/02, 1:29 pm

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Re: Leaving the Scene of an accident

A person who does this is possibly, in violation of 75 Pa. C.S. 3743 if the accident involved another vehicle that was "attended. (This usually means someone is in the vehicle or close by). The penalty:"(b) Penalty. --Any person violating this section commits a misdemeanor of the third degree, punishable by a fine of $2,500 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both."

Further, your license to operate motor vehicles in this Commonwealth will be suspended for six months.

If the accident involved an "unattended" vehicle then you may have violated 75 Pa. C.S. 3745. The penalty:"(b) Penalty. --A violation of this section is a summary offense, punishable by a fine of $300 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both." Plus 4 points!

Further, is your license is suspended DUI related you may be guilty of a summary offense and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000 and to undergo imprisonment for a period of not less than 90 days.

There might still be hope - you have options contact an attorney to discuss this further. I offer free consultations.

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Answered on 11/27/02, 4:03 pm

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