Fail to Remain

Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident in Milton / Hit and Run Milton

This is a provincial offence regulated by the Highway Traffic Act, section 200, which says that every driver in Milton is expected to remain at the scene of an accident or return as soon as possible to exchange driver particulars and assist any injured persons. People often call it hit and run charge or fail to remain charge.

Simply speaking, hit and run accident – this is when one driver strikes another driver’s car and leaves the scene of a collision.

There is also a criminal offence called failure to stop at the scene of an accident, which carries much more serious charges depending on the intent and damages resulting from an accident.

In this article, we’ll tell you only about failing to remain at the scene of a collision as a provincial offence.


What to do in Hit and Run Accident with personal injuries:

According to the Highway Traffic Act, you’re required to:

  • stay on the same place or return (if you’ve left) to the scene of the accident;
  • call to police in case of personal injury / injuries;
  • provide assistance (if needed) to everybody involved in an accident;
  • make an estimation of damage;
  • call the police if the property damage exceeds $2,000;
  • give your contact information (phone, name and address etc.), driver’s licence number and insurance info in written to a police officer or to anyone sustaining loss/injury.

What to do in Hit and Run Accident without personal injuries:

According to the Highway Traffic Act, you’re required to:

  • stay on the same place or return (if you’ve left) to the scene of a collision;
  • provide assistance (if needed) to everybody involved in an accident;
  • make an estimation of damage;
  • call the police if the property damage exceeds $2,000;
  • give your contact information (phone, name and address etc.), driver’s licence number and insurance info in written to a police officer or to anyone sustaining loss/injury.

If you have been contacted by the police after the accident you have to consult with a lawyer immediately.


Reasons why drivers leave the accident scene:

  • They operate a motor vehicle without insurance;
  • They are impaired and are afraid to get charged for driving while impaired;
  • They do not wish to involve their insurance company to avoid insurance premium hikes; 
  • They drive while under suspension; 
  • They hit a pedestrian(s) and are afraid of punishment (possibly going to jail in cases of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle resulting in bodily injuries);
  • There are also instances where the driver may have not known that the accident had occurred. 

Please note, that the law requires drivers to report an accident regardless of the above reasons. Yes, it is possible to get charged for driving while impaired as a result of having to report an accident. But the punishment can be much more severe if you fail to return to the scene of the accident or fail to report.


Penalties For Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident in Milton

A conviction for fail to remain at scene of accident in Milton results in:

  • 7 demerit points;
  • fine from $500 to $2,500;
  • driver’s licence suspension for up to a maximum of 2 years;
  • possible jail time for up to 6 months;
  • insurance rates increase.   

As you can see, hit and run conviction in Milton is quite serious in terms of penalties and liability. Thus, the most appropriate here is to consult with a paralegal or a lawyer to seek legal advice about your options.

A knowledgeable traffic ticket lawyer or paralegal will know how to provide you with the best possible defence and secure the cleanliness of your driving record for as long as possible while reducing your fines, demerit points, avoid driver’s licence suspensions or help you get rid of the charge(s) entirely.

Hit and run charges in Milton are usually accompanied by at least 2 more charges:

  • careless driving and/or dangerous operation of a motor vehicle (acc. to criminal code) and/or 
  • fail to report an accident (3 demerit points).


How to Fight Charges for Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident in Milton

To be brief:

  • Don’t plead guilty and don’t pay your ticket;
  • Get legal advice and hire a reliable hit-and-run lawyer or paralegal.

As already mentioned, the best option for you to fight your ticket is to hire a professional traffic ticket paralegal to avoid harsh penalties and consequences.

If you want to do it by yourself – not a good idea! Why?

Because:

  • you can make an incriminating statement under the pressure
  • you don’t know how to cross-examine witnesses
  • you are not aware of all legal processes and don’t know all aspects
  • if you fail you may get 7 hit and run points, pay huge fines and get your licence suspended at least

Every case is different, hence fighting hit and run charges in Milton must be tackled by expert knowledge and knowing how the court treats these cases when it comes to using police officer’s evidence and how to resolve these cases.


Process of Milton hit and run accidents investigation

  • Police start accident investigation.
  • The police officer contacts the owner of the vehicle and invites them to the police station to clarify some peculiarities.
  • Police may insist on your visit, but don’t do this without proper legal advice
  • Schedule court date.
  • Prior to your court date, your lawyer must attempt to get policeman’s evidence (video, audio, pictures, witness statements, police officer’s notes) and develop your own defence strategy.

Remember, once you’ve been contacted by the police and invited to the police station, immediately call X-COPS for your free consultation. Such a serious charge requires the involvement of real specialists to help you to defend your rights and protect you from being misled by wrong advice.

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