Nevada, like all states, has laws covering hit and run accidents. Generally, a hit and run occurs when a driver is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, another car, or a fixed object, and leaves the scene without identifying herself or rendering aid to anyone who may need help. The definition of hit and run generally doesn’t include fault. The violation is committed when the driver leaves the scene, regardless of whether he or she caused the accident. Most states, including Nevada, allow for a driver or motorist to temporarily leave the scene in order to get emergency help. If you have been charged with hit and run or fleeing the scene of an accident in the Clark County, Nevada area call our Las Vegas hit and run lawyers for a free consult.
Nevada Hit And Run Laws
NRS 484E.010 Duty to stop at scene of crash involving death or personal injury; penalty.
1. The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash on a highway or on premises to which the public has access resulting in bodily injury to or the death of a person shall immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the crash until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of NRS 484E.030.
2. Every such stop must be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
3. A person failing to comply with the provisions of subsection 1 is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 2 years and a maximum term of not more than 20 years and by a fine of not less than $2,000 nor more than $5,000. A person failing to comply with the provisions of subsection 1 commits a separate offense under this section for the bodily injury to or the death of each person that results from a crash with regard to which the person failed to comply with the provisions of subsection 1.
4. A sentence imposed pursuant to subsection 3 may not be suspended nor may probation be granted.
NRS 484E.020 Duty to stop at scene of crash involving damage to vehicle or property. The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:
1. Immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the crash; and
2. As soon as reasonably practicable, if the driver’s vehicle is obstructing traffic and can be moved safely, move the vehicle or cause the vehicle to be moved to a location as close thereto as possible that does not obstruct traffic and return to and remain at the scene of the crash until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of NRS 484E.030.
1. The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:
(a) Give his or her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle the driver is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license to operate a motor vehicle to any person injured in such crash or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in such crash;
(b) Give such information and upon request manually surrender such license to any police officer at the scene of the crash or who is investigating the crash; and
(c) Render to any person injured in such crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.
2. If no police officer is present, the driver of any vehicle involved in such crash after fulfilling all other requirements of subsection 1 and NRS 484E.010, insofar as possible on his or her part to be performed, shall forthwith report such crash to the nearest office of a police authority or of the Nevada Highway Patrol and submit thereto the information specified in subsection 1.
NRS 484E.040 Duty upon damaging unattended vehicle or other property. The driver of any vehicle which is involved in a crash with any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately stop and shall then and there locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or other property or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle or property a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking.
Penalties For Leaving The Scene Of An Accident In Nevada
Nevada has very strict laws for leaving the scene of an accident. A conviction for fleeing the scene of an accident will result in very serious administrative, financial and legal consequences.Penalties for leaving the scene of an accident include fines and jail time and may be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Typically, felony hit and run occurs when a driver leaves the scene of an accident in which a driver or pedestrian has been injured or killed. In addition, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident may also have his license suspended according to Nevada hit and run laws and statutes. You may also be looking at jail or prison time if you have a prior criminal record, outstanding bench warrants, etc.
It is important to note that Las Vegas Hit And Run Lawyer Gregory D. Knapp will do his best to have your charges dropped or dismissed. If that cannot be done he will do everything necessary to minimize the negative consequences of your pending charges.
Contact Our Las Vegas Hit And Run Lawyers
Please do not hesitate to contact Las Vegas, Nevada Hit And Run Lawyer Gregory D. Knapp for a free case review. With many years experience handling all types of criminal, DUI and serious traffic violation charges in Nevada he possesses the necessary skill set to obtain the best possible outcome for you.