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Leaving the Scene of a Non-Injury Accident (NJSA 39:4-129(b)

Leaving the Scene of a Non-Injury Accident (NJSA 39:4-129(b)

 

A hit & run is a serious offense, with penalties that may include a $200 to $400 fine, 30 days imprisonment, and a six-month license suspension. If the accident resulted in an injury this is the most serious traffic offense there is, punishable by up to 180 days imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, and one-year suspension.

 

The Law on Leaving a Non-Injury Accident: NJSA 39:4-129(b)

 

NJSA 39:4-129(b) states that a driver involved in an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle or other property “shall immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible” and must stay at the scene of the accident until giving the other driver or the property owner his name and address and showing his driver’s license and vehicle registration.

If the driver hits an unattended car, he must leave a note in a conspicuous place on the car giving his name and address and the name and address of the vehicle’s owner. If the driver damages property other than a car, he must notify the nearest police station, as well as the owner of the property as soon as the owner is identified.

 

Fines and Penalties of (NJSA 39:4-129(b)

 

A person who pleads guilty to or is convicted of leaving the scene of a non-injury accident will be fined between $200 and $400, imprisoned up to 30 days, or both for a first offense. A person who subsequently pleads guilty to or is convicted of an additional New Jersey hit-and-run offense will be fined between $400 and $600, imprisoned between 30 and 90 days, or both. In addition, a driver will have his license suspended for six months following a first-time New Jersey hit-and-run offense and one year following any subsequent offenses.

 

MVC and Insurance Points

 

A driver who pleads guilty to or is convicted of violating NJSA 39:4-129(b) will have two points added to his driving record by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Having 12 or more points on your driving record will result in your license being suspended, and accumulating six or more points in a three-year period will result in a $150 surcharge, plus $25 for each point above six.

A guilty plea or conviction will also get you two “insurance eligibility points,” which will result in an increased insurance premium. Accumulating enough points may also make insurers less likely to cover you at all.

 

If you just received a Hit & Run NJSA 39:4-129(b) in The State of New Jersey and have any questions, call one of our experienced attorneys today to provide the clarity and peace of mind you are looking for.

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