Received a citation for misdemenor Leave the scene of accident with property damage.

I was pulling out of a parking lot and hit a person on a bicycle. He got up and I asked him if he was ok and he said yes, then I asked him if his bike was ok. He said yes again. How can I be charged with leaving the scene?

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Accident Law, Florida

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Leaving the scene of an accident can be a serious charge, but it can be disputed. If the accident involved property damage of more than $50, then up to 6 points can be placed on your driving record, and your license can be suspended or revoked.  You have a duty to exchange contact, driving and insurance  information with the other party.  He probably discovered after the fact that there is some damage to his bike that needs to be repaired, and he reported it to the police.  I would dispute this since it is a misdemeanor and you don't want it on your record.  Find a criminal attorney in your area who can help you.  I don't think you technically left the scene, unless you did not provide the cyclist with any of your information (which you don't state in your question).

 


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