Topic:
TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS; CRIME; DEATH; DRIVER LICENSES; FINES;
Location:
TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS;

OLR Research Report


August 1, 2007

 

2007-R-0467

PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

By: Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney

You asked about the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident.

SUMMARY

CGS 14-224 imposes penalties for evading responsibility at an accident. It has two sets of penalties, depending on the seriousness of the accident involved. In addition, CGS 14-111 authorizes license suspensions for these violations. Below is a brief summary of these laws. 

ACCIDENTS CAUSING SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY OR DEATH

Someone operating a motor vehicle who is knowingly involved in an accident that causes serious physical injury or death must (1) stop; (2) render assistance; and (3) give his or her name, address, and license and registration number to the injured person, an officer, or a witness. If the person is unable to provide this information, he or she must immediately report the injury or death and provide the required information and the location and circumstances of the accident to a police officer, constable, motor vehicle inspector, or police station (CGS 14-224(a)).

Violators are subject to one to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both (CGS 14-224(f)).  In addition, a first violation carries a license suspension of at least one year and a subsequent violation carries a license suspension of at least two years (CGS 14-111(b)).

 

ACCIDENTS CAUSING PHYSICAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE

Someone operating a motor vehicle who is knowingly involved in an accident that causes physical injury or property damage must (1) stop; (2) render assistance; and (3) give his or her name, address, and license and registration number to the injured person, property owner, officer, or witness. If the person is unable to provide this information, he or she must immediately report the accident and provide the required information and the location and circumstances of the accident to a police officer, constable, motor vehicle inspector, or police station (CGS 14-224(b)).

A violator is subject to (1) up to one year in prison, a fine of $75 to $600, or both for a first violation and (2) up to one year in prison, a fine of $100 to $1,000, or both for subsequent violations (CGS 14-224(g)). In addition, a violator is subject to a license suspension of at least 90 days (CGS 14-111(b)).

 

Someone operating a motor vehicle who is knowingly involved in an accident on a limited access highway that only causes property damage, must immediately move the motor vehicle from the traveled portion of the highway to an adjacent untraveled area, if possible without risking futher property damage or injury to anyone (CGS 14-224(d)).

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