Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Leaving the scene of an accident is a Massachusetts motor vehicle offense under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 §§ 24 [2][a] or [a½]. The former section of the statute involves leaving the scene of property damage, and the latter involves leaving the scene of a personal injury not resulting in death.

Leaving the scene of property damage involves five elements, and each must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Firstly, the prosecutor has to prove that the defendant operated a vehicle. Secondly, it must be proven that the defendant operated the vehicle in a place where the public has a right of access, in a place where members of the public have access as licensees or invitees, or on a way. Thirdly, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant, while driving or operating the car, collided with or caused damage to any car or property. Next, it has to be proven that the defendant knew that he or she damaged the other vehicle or property in some way. Finally, the prosecutor will have to prove that the defendant did not stop to provide his or her name, address and registration.

Leaving the scene of a personal injury not resulting in death also involves five elements. They are essentially the same as those listed above, with the difference being the object of the injury. While the former involves collision with or injury to property, the latter involves collision with or injury to another person.

Punishment

Leaving the scene of property damage is punishable by a fine of at least $20 and up to $200 or by imprisonment for at least 2 weeks and up to two years, or both. Leaving the scene of a personal injury not resulting in death is punishable by at least 6 months and up to 2 years imprisonment and a fine of at least $500 and up to $1000.

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