Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Causing Property Damage

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Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 10-103

Crime:
In Oklahoma, it is unlawful to leave the scene of an accident in which you are involved.

Punishment for leaving the Scene:
Failing to stop at the scene of an accident in which you are involved is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail up to (1) year and/or a fine of up to $500. In addition, a defendant is subject to liability for damages in an amount equal to three times the value of the damage caused by the accident in a civil action.

Title 47. Motor Vehicles
Chapter 10 – Accidents and Reports Relating to Accidents Highway Safety Code
Section 10-103 – Accidents Involving Damage To Vehicle

The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of such accident until he has fulfilled the requirements of Section 47-10-104 of this title. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. Any person failing to stop or comply with said requirements under such circumstances shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to the criminal penalties imposed by this section, any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to liability for damages in an amount equal to three times the value of the damage caused by the accident. Said damages shall be recoverable in a civil action. Nothing in this section shall prevent a judge from ordering restitution for any damage caused by a driver involved in an accident provided for in this section.

By-Charles J. Kania Esq.

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