Even if you’re not at fault, don’t leave the scene of an accident
Last week, a school bus had struck a tractor-trailer that had been parked on the shoulder of Route 35 in Middletown, New Jersey. Luckily, there were no children in the bus at the time of the accident and the bus driver’s injuries were not life-threatening. But the truck driver, who was not in his vehicle at the time of the crash, had fled the scene of the accident. This case brings up an interesting question: What will happen to the truck driver after he is found?
Although we don’t know the actual cause of the accident just yet, both parties probably had some responsibility in last Friday’s crash. Despite the fact that his truck was parked at the time of the accident, the driver still had a legal duty to stay with his vehicle until the authorities arrive. Even if he’s not found in fault of the accident, the fact that he left the scene is considered a felony in New Jersey. This means the tractor-trailer driver could face time in prison and a suspended license for his actions, which will threaten his job.
Remember, even if you’re not at fault or no one is injured in the accident, this doesn’t mean you can leave the scene of an accident. Even if the other driver says it’s ok to leave — don’t do it. By doing so, your simple car accident case will suddenly become a criminal matter.