Leaving the Scene of an Accident
The defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. frequently represent clients charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Illinois law prohibits a motorist from leaving the scene of any type of accident without first following proper protocol. This offense can be charged in a variety of ways as follows:Accident Involving Property Damage (Attended Vehicle)
Under Illinois law (ICS 5/11-402), the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle which is driven or occupied by another driver must immediately stop at the scene or as close as possible. The driver must remain at the scene and comply with all requirements listed under 5/11-403. A violation of this statute is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, and the damage to a vehicle is over $1,000, the Secretary of State will suspend the defendant’s driver’s license.Accident Involving Property Damage (Unattended Vehicle)
Under Illinois law (ILCS 5/11-404), the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle which is unattended, or other property, must immediately stop at the scene or as close as possible. The driver must either locate and notify the operator or owner of the property and give their name, address, and registration number of the vehicle OR attach a written notice with this information to the vehicle or property and notify the police. A violation of this statute is a Class A misdemeanor.Accident Involving Death or Personal Injury
Under Illinois law (ILCS 5/11-401), the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in personal injury or death must stop immediately at the scene or as close to the scene as possible. Additional reporting requirement are listed under 5/11-403. A violation of this statute is a Class 4 felony.
In addition, a driver who fails to stop immediately must as soon as possible but in no case later than 30 minutes after the accident report the place of the accident, date, approximate time, name of driver and occupants, address, registration number of the vehicle at a police station near the accident. A violation of this statute may be charged as Class 2 felony (or a Class 1 felony if death results).
The Illinois Secretary of State will revoke the driver’s license of anyone convicted under ILCS 5/11-401.Contact The Davis Law Group, P.C.
You may find yourself charged with leaving the scene of an accident despite your best intentions. Many drivers are misinformed or unfamiliar with the requirements under the law after being involved in an accident. A traffic accident can be a stressful and chaotic experience leading to confusion or miscommunication between yourself and the other party involved. The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. often handle these charges throughout Illinois including Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County. We have a thorough understanding of Illinois law and know the proper approach to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us today if you have received a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident. Our traffic attorneys are standing by and ready to help.