New York residents may benefit from understanding more about the penalties typically associated with committing a hit-and-run offense. Leaving the scene of an accident without reporting a personal injury or property damage is a violation of the state law. Motorists who commit a hit-and-run offense resulting in property damage may be subjected to a penalty that includes up to 15 days in jail, up to $250 in fines, or both. These offenses may include damage to personal property or real property.
State laws require motorists involved in these accidents to stop and provide their license and insurance information to the property owner. If the owner of the property is not on-site, than the motorists is required to report the incident to the local police department. Motorists who fail to provide their license or insurance information may face a class B misdemeanor as well as $250 to $500 fine in addition to any other charges, subsequent violations may warrant fines up to $1,000.
Hit-and-run offenses resulting in a personal injury are typically more complicated than those involving property damage. Motorists involved in these incidents may be charged with a class E felony. The punishment may include fines of $1,000 to $5,000, as well as any other penalties enforced for unlawful violations. When the hit-and-run results in death, the motorist may be charged with a class D felony offense. The consequences may include fines up to $5,000 in fines, as well as other penalties provided by the law.
People injured by a hit-and-run driver may benefit from contacting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to review the police report and witness statements to help determine which parties can be held liable for the ensuing damages. Plaintiffs in personal injury cases may be able to receive restitution that helps compensate victims for loss of income, insurance expenses and other related hardships.