N.J.S.A. 39:4-129(a): This statute states that the driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person, must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible. The driver must also immediately return to and remain at the scene until they have fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c).
N.J.S.A. 39:4-129(b): This statute pertains to accidents causing damage to a vehicle or property. Similar to the above, the driver must stop and remain at the scene until they have fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c).
N.J.S.A. 39:4-129(c): This subsection details the requirements for drivers involved in an accident. They must provide their name, address, and vehicle registration number to the other party, police, or witness. If requested, they must also exhibit their driver’s license and provide necessary information and assistance to the injured party.
Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in New Jersey:
For accidents resulting in injury or death: A fine between $2,500 and $5,000, and/or imprisonment for 180 days. The driver will also forfeit their right to operate a motor vehicle in New Jersey for one year.
For accidents causing vehicle or property damage: A fine between $200 and $400 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days for a first offense. For subsequent offenses, a fine between $400 and $600 and/or imprisonment for up to 90 days.
It’s essential to understand that hit and run offenses in New Jersey are taken very seriously. If someone finds themselves involved in an accident, it’s crucial to follow the law and remain at the scene, providing all necessary information and assistance.