Among the misdemeanor and felony traffic offenses in Utah are those for fleeing the scene of a vehicle accident. After a major vehicle accident, drivers are understandably panicked and confused. Their first thoughts are often to their future and not to the immediate fallout of their action. However, staying and completing their “duties” helps the driver avoid additional penalties for a hit and run.
The duties of a driver after an accident, under Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.7., include:
- Exchanging operator’s name, address, and vehicle registration number
- Exchanging name and phone number of insurance provider
- Showing driver’s license to the other driver(s) involved in the accident, owner of property damaged in the accident, or the peace officer
- Give reasonable assistance to any individual injured in the accident (including transporting, making arrangements for transporting, or even calling 911)
- Call the nearest law enforcement agency as soon as possible
Failure to carry out these basic duties can result in a Class B misdemeanor offense. If the accident resulted in serious injury or death, it is considered a 3rd degree felony and involves a minimum fine of $750.