Many drivers who leave the scene of the accident leave because they are afraid of being caught for another offense. In many cases, then, when cited for a hit skip, our clients will likely face multiple charges, such as:
Our goal in each and every case is to develop a defense strategy toward having the hit skip charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense.
The Columbus failure to stop after an accident (hit skip) law says that drivers must:
1) Immediately stop the vehicle at the accident scene
2) Give their name and address to other people involved in the accident
3) If driver is not the owner of the vehicle, give the name and address of the owner to other parties involved
4) If asked, show your driver’s license to all other parties involved in accident
5) Provide the registration number of the vehicle (a recent Ohio Supreme Court case found the license plate number was sufficient to meet this requirement)
6) If the other driver cannot understand and record the above information, call the police and stay until police arrive (unless you are taken away by an ambulance).
7) If asked, provide insurance information to the other party
8) Provide all of the above information to police if asked
9) Stay at the scene until all the above are done
Under Columbus Code Section 2135.12, if you hit a parked car or other unattended vehicle, you must:
1) Securely attach your name, address, and license plate number.
2) If available, leave a phone number where you can be reached.
3) This information must be placed in a conspicuous place in or on the parked vehicle.
If you cause damage to some other property that’s not a vehicle, the Columbus hit skip law says:
1) Take all “reasonable steps” to locate the owner or person in charge
2) Stay at the scene for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes, unless taken away by ambulance
3) Once the owner of the property is found, provide your name, address, registration number (license plate) and insurance information.
4) If the owner or person in charge can’t be found, you must notify the Columbus Division of Police, Accident Investigation Squad, within twenty-four (24) hours
5) Provide name, address, license plate number, insurance information, and the date, time and location of the accident to Columbus Police.
If you have been charged with a hit skip (failure to stop after an accident), there are several possible defenses to explore toward getting your charges reduced or even dismissed.
Our Columbus hit skip attorneys examine these and other potential defenses in each failure to stop case toward getting our client’s hit skip charges reduced or dismissed. Defenses might include, for example:
If you have been involved in an accident in Ohio and have been charged with a hit skip or failure to stop, contact our Columbus hit and run attorneys to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us 24/7 at (614) 361-2804 or via email.