Accident Causing Property Damage
People generally do not get behind the wheel with the intention of getting into an automobile accident. Individuals who are found to be at fault for causing crashes are rarely criminals.
When a person causes a collision that results in property damage, Utah law requires him or her to exchange information with the party whose property was damaged and notify law enforcement. Depending on the cause of the crash, the at-fault driver will often be issued a ticket for some kind of traffic infraction.
Attorney for Accident Causing Property Damage in Salt Lake City, UT
Were you cited in Utah after allegedly causing a crash that resulted in property damage? Do not admit guilt and pay your fine without first contacting Levitt Legal, PLLC.
Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Darren Levitt helps clients accused of various traffic violations all over Salt Lake County, Wasatch County, Morgan County, Weber County, Davis County, Tooele County, Summit County, Box Elder County, Cache County, and Utah County. He can provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (801) 455-1743 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.
Utah Accident Causing Property Damage Arrests Information Center
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Accident Causing Property Damage Charges in Salt Lake County
Utah Code § 41-6a-401 establishes that the operator of a motor vehicle who has reason to believe that he or she may has been involved in an accident resulting only in damage to another vehicle or other property can move the vehicle off the roadway to the nearest safe location and remain at the scene of the accident or nearest location until that person has fulfilled the statutory requirements described below. If a driver believes that he or she may have been involved in an accident resulting in damage to another vehicle or other property only after leaving the scene of the accident, that person must immediately comply as nearly as possible with the statutory requirements described below.
If the other vehicle or property is operated, occupied, or attended by any person or if the owner of that vehicle or property is present, the operator of the vehicle involved in the accident is required to give the following to the persons involved:
- the operator's name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle being operated; and
- the name of the insurance provider covering the vehicle being operated including the phone number of the agent or provider.
Upon request and if available, the operator is also obligated to exhibit his or her driver’s license to:
- any investigating peace officer present;
- the operator, occupant of, or person attending the vehicle or other property damaged in the accident; and
- the owner of property damaged in the accident, if present.
An operator of a vehicle who provides the required information to an investigating peace officer at the scene of the accident is exempt from providing the information to other required persons. If the vehicle or other property damaged in the accident is unattended, the operator of the vehicle involved in the accident must:
- locate and notify the operator or owner of the vehicle or the owner of other property damaged in the accident of the operator's name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle causing the damage; or
- securely attach in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or other property a written notice giving the operator's name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle causing the damage.
When an accident results in property damage to an apparent extent of $1,500 or more, the operator of the vehicle involved in the accident must immediately and by the quickest means of communication available give notice or cause to give notice of the accident to the nearest office of a law enforcement agency.
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Accident Causing Property Damage Penalties in Salt Lake City
In most accidents resulting property damage, the at-fault driver is typically ticketed for some kind of traffic infraction. Some of the most common types of citations issued in these cases include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to Yield Right-of-Way;
- Improper Left or Right Turn.
Traffic infractions are not punishable by imprisonment, but fines can range up to $750. If an alleged offender fails to stay at the scene of a crash as required under Utah Code § 41-6a-401, that person may be charged with the class C misdemeanor offense of leaving the scene of an accident.
In addition to imprisonment and fines, the court may also order the defendant to pay restitution. Restitution is the amount of monetary damages suffered by the victim that is aimed at making the victim whole, in the event that the parties’ respective insurance companies have not already settled any claims for damages. In every case involving restitution a defendants has the right to be notified of and have a hearing pertaining to any claimed restitution, pursuant to Utah Code § 77-38a-302.
The parties that are involved in a crash often have different views about who caused the collision. A criminal defense attorney can present the strongest case in court so you can possibly avoid having to pay a costly fine.
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Utah Resources for Accident Causing Property Damage Offenses
Traffic Accident | Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) — Visit this section of the SLCPD’s website to view recent watch logs that feature traffic accidents. The watch command logs usually detail the location of the accident and provide additional details. You can also file an online traffic accident report on this website.
Salt Lake City Police Department
475 S. 300 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Uniform Fine/Bail Forfeiture Schedule | Utah Courts — View this schedule of the possible fines for traffic infractions in Utah. Learn more about aggravating and mitigating circumstances as well as assumptions in these cases. The chart also indicates whether certain court appearances for certain offenses can be resolved simply by paying fines.
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[[$firm]] | Salt Lake City Accident Causing Property Damage Defense Lawyer
If you were allegedly at fault for an accident causing property damage in Utah, it will be in your best interest to seek legal representation for help achieving the most favorable outcome to your case. Levitt Legal, PLLC represents clients accused of traffic violations in Taylorsville, South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, West Valley City, West Jordan, Draper, Riverton, Murray, and surrounding areas of Salt Lake County.
Darren Levitt is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Salt Lake City who can fight to possibly get your ticket thrown out or have related criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (801) 455-1743 or fill out an online contact form today to have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation.
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