According to the
latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
there were 6,064,000 police-reported crashes in 2014. Of those, 2,338,000
people were injured and 32,675 were killed. That is a high number of crashes
With car accidents being so common, it’s not usually a crime to be
involved in an injury crash unless you were driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol, but speeding away from an injury crash
is a crime, even if the accident was
not your fault.
If you are involved in an accident involving physical injuries or death,
you are legally obligated to stop and render aid. If you get nervous or
scared and flee the scene of a crash where someone else was injured or
killed, you will likely be charged under ARS Section 28-661.
Injury Accidents: Failure to Stop
Under ARS Section 28-661, if a driver is involved in an accident involving
injuries or death, he or she must STOP their vehicle at the scene of the
accident or as close to the scene as possible and stay at the scene of
the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements established under
Section 28-663, including:
- Provide their name, address, and registration number for the vehicle that
they were driving.
- Upon request, show their driver’s license to the driver or occupants
of the other vehicle that they were in an accident with.
- Render necessary aid to anyone injured in the accident, including getting
the injured to a hospital or surgeon for medical treatment if it’s
necessary or requested by the injured.
We are aware that car accidents can be very nerve-racking and you may not
exactly be thinking with a clear head, but you must understand that fleeing
the scene of an injury accident is a serious crime under Arizona law.
Under Sec. 28-661, if you are involved in an accident involving injuries
or death and you do not fulfill the requirements listed above under Sec.
28-663, you could be charged with a
Class 5 felony.
If you were found guilty under Sec. 28-661, your driver’s license
would be revoked for 5 years, but if someone was killed in the accident,
your license would be revoked for 10 years.
Under Sec. 13-702, the sentencing for a Class 5 felony range from 6 months
to 2.5 years behind bars.
Are you facing felony charges after fleeing the scene of an injury accident? If so,
contact the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC for a
free consultation with a
former prosecutor. We are
available 24/7 to take your call!