Tulsa Lawyers Discuss Leaving the Scene of an Accident

leaving the scene of an accident

Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in Oklahoma.  However, we all know the stories.  Someone hits another vehicle, or in some cases a pedestrian, and flees the scene.  Whether fleeing the scene because of shock or in an attempt to avoid punishment, let us help.  Conversely, if you have been the victim of a hit-and-run, we are also here to help.

What “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” Means:

When an accident occurs, the people involved have several obligations under Oklahoma Statute 47 §10-104.  First is the duty to render aid to the injured person.  This could be calling 9-1-1, or moving the person to a safer area if absolutely necessary.  Second, you must remain on scene to give officers accurate information.  This includes: name, address, etc.  Finally, if the accident results in a grave injury or fatality, you may have to submit to blood alcohol testing.

Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident:

As in most crimes, Oklahoma law provides varied levels of punishment depending on the gravity of damage resulting from the incident.  Three main categories exist:

  1. Damage to a vehicle and no injuries: This is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $500 fine. The defendant may also be subject to a civil judgment, which could result in payment of damages three times the actual amount.
  2. Nonfatal Injuries: Leaving the scene of an accident that involves injuries is a felony.  This is punishable by up to 2 years in prison and fines up to $1000.  You will also have your driver’s license revoked.
  3. Fatal Injuries:  Leaving the scene of an accident involving fatalities is a felony.  This is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.  The driver’s license will also be revoked.

These penalties follow you long after you complete the punishment.  You may be ineligible for housing, certain professional licenses, and an array of jobs.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Tulsa we Can Help You:

If you are facing charges on leaving the scene of an accident, or have been the victim of someone leaving the scene of an accident, call us. We want to help.  We understand that a split second occurrence can be devastating for your future and will work to stop further damage. For a Free consultation with a Tulsa criminal lawyer call us at 918.416.0358 or fill out this form.