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Hit and Run Laws in Las Vegas – Traffic Attorney Ross Goodman

Las Vegas has different penalties and approaches for hit-and-run cases. A hit & run case involving bodily injury or death is considered a felony. A hit & run case which caused property damage is a misdemeanor offense.

There is also a law that requires the people involved to stay in the scene, file an accident report and render aid until authority arrives. Leaving the hit and run scene is punishable by law

Depending on your case and situation, we can formulate an appropriate criminal defense procedure to lessen or dismiss your charges.


Nevada Revised Statutes 484E – Hit and Run Laws

1.) Duty to stop at scene of accident (NRS 484E.010 – 484E.020)

The driver involved in the accident SHALL immediately stop his/her car at the scene. The driver must also do the following:

2.) Duty to give information and render aid (NRS 484E.030)

The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death or any person or damage to any vehicle or other property that is driven or attended by any person shall give the following to the driver or occupants of the other motor vehicles and the police:

The offending driver is also required to do the following tasks as stipulated by law:

3.) Duty upon damaging unattended cars or other property (NRS 484E.040; NRS 484E.050)

Drivers who accidentally collide with unattended vehicles or other property (like fences or waiting sheds) are still required by law to:

In the event that the driver of the offending vehicle was incapacitated by the incident, the tasks of exchanging information and informing authorities fall on any able-bodied passenger within the car, provided the offending driver was on the road with a companion.

4.) Vehicle seizure and impoundment after failure to provide license and registration (NRS 484E.060)

If the law enforcement officers investigating the scene of the collision would find out that the offending car has an expired license and registration, they are allowed by law to do the following:

Note that neither the officer nor his agency can be held liable for any damages incurred by the offending driver’s car during the transport and impounding of his or her vehicle.

5.) The drivers’ accident report (NRS 484E.070 to NRS 484E.100)

Providing an accident report to the Nevada DMV and/or the Nevada Department of Public Safety is accomplished by filling out duly-authorized forms.

The offending driver can only provide his or her accident report within ten days after the crash; otherwise he or she can be charged with hit-and-run. The report is accompanied by a total estimate of damages that must be paid, as well as insurance policies covering drivers, passengers, and cars involved. However, the offending driver need not file the report if:

Note that the accident report filed is for the confidential use of the Department involved. However, certain details can be furnished by the Department for select situations, such as:

A failure to report can be another serious problem for a driver apart from hit-and-run charges.

A full report of deaths involved in any collision is provided by the State Registrar of Vital Statistics to the involved Department on the 10th of each month.

Repair shops involved in the refurbishment of vehicles involved with the collision are required by law to keep data vital to the case. These pieces of information include:

6.) The law enforcement officer’s accident report (NRS484E.0110 to NRS 484E.0130)

Law enforcement officers investigating the collisions are required to submit their reports within ten days of the accident. These reports are not confidential, and can be provided in full should it be requested through legal channels. The common process of filing a report by law enforcement follows this pattern:

The DPS is the entity responsible with providing accident report forms used by law enforcement officers in relation to these collisions. These forms must include the need to identify the following:

The DMV can request the reports compiled by the DPS if there is a need to clarify a report provided by the driver involved in the collision. Remember that the DMV’s forms are only provided to drivers involved in the incident, while the DPS’s forms can only be filled up by officers on the scene of the incident. All the data connected to the accident are then tabulated for an annual statistics report with connection to hit-and-run cases within Nevada.


Hit & Run and DUI

Many hit and run accidents that occur are often due to the offending drivers being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision. By fleeing the scene of the crime, these drivers hope to weaken the case against them in the event that they get arrested, by making it more difficult for authorities to confirm that they were committing a DUI offense.

New Nevada laws filed in October 2015 have changed all that, drivers suspected to be drunk during the accident but choose to run will face anywhere between 2 and 20 years of jail time without probation, similar to a felony DUI conviction. In addition, separate charges can be made for every person who suffered bodily injury or death due to the driver’s DUI hit and run.


Penalties for Hit & Run Charges

The offending driver’s penalty is dependent on the damage caused, and/or the number of people injured or killed during the collision.

In the event that the collision only resulted in damage to property, the offending driver is penalized with:

A collision that results in death or injury of any individual involved automatically merits heftier penalties, including:


Las Vegas Hit & Run Defense – Traffic Attorney

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