Can I Get a Ticket for Getting Into a Car Accident?
Car accidents are stressful enough without worrying about whether or not you might end up with a ticket, too. Still, despite the fact that New York is a no-fault insurance state, tickets can still happen in two important instances.
First, you could end up with a ticket if the police determine that you violated traffic laws, causing the accident. For example, if running a red light causes a collision you’re likely to get a ticket for that.
This is a ticket you’ll absolutely want to fight, as it can come up as evidence that’s used against you later any personal injury action that you might bring, or that might be brought against you.
The second type of ticket you might get is a ticket for leaving the scene of the accident. This is a crime in New York, and can be very serious.
You must stop and exchange insurance information with the other driver regardless of whether any injury occurred. If an injury occurred, you must stay at the scene of the accident and wait for the police to arrive.
If you don’t, you can be fined up to $250 even if there is nothing but property damage to worry about. The New York DMV will also assess up to $93 of additional surcharge fees. Your license can be revoked, and you could spend up to 15 days in jail.
If someone was seriously injured or killed, a hit and run becomes a felony charge. Moderate injuries can result in misdemeanor charges. At this point, it becomes highly advantageous to have the help of an attorney who specializes in both traffic law and in criminal defense law.
Past offenses can adjust the severity of charges. If you’ve previously been convicted of a misdemeanor hit and run, for example, the charge would automatically become a felony charge.
You can also be arrested at the scene of the accident if the police officer has reason to believe you were driving under the influence, especially if the officer believes alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident. Again, this is a matter to take very seriously as it can have a major impact on your life and future.
In the vast majority of New York’s car accidents none of the drivers get ticketed. However, if you’ve been ticketed or accused of a crime in conjunction with an accident you can call our office to get help.