You are at the mall and you swing a little wide into the parking space and bump the adjacent car. Now what do you do? The owner is nowhere to be found. Florida law, under Florida Statute 316.063, requires a driver to leave a note with the driver's name, address, and registration number in a place on the damaged car that the driver can easily see. Then it should be reported to the police. Once you do these things you can leave. Under Florida Statute 316.063, leaving the scene of an accident is not necessarily a crime, but leaving without providing the information above can get you in some trouble. You must contact the police because leaving the scene of an accident or a” hit and run” as it is sometimes called. If the accident involves only property damage, you can avoid a misdemeanor charge by following the simple steps above.
Leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries is another story. Just as there is a duty to provide certain information after a crash, there is also a duty to provide aid to people injured in a crash. Leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries is a felony offense that can be punishable by a prison sentence. Never leave the scene of an accident when someone is hurt. It is a bad idea not only because you may be able to help, but it is also illegal.
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