False claims such as this are unlikely to occur if you're not rich and famous. But hit and runs happen all the time and it is important to know what is required by law if you hit a pedestrian, another vehicle, or damage someone's property with your car. In New York, New York Vehicle & Traffic Law, Article 22, Section 600, sets forth specific procedures that must be followed – by everyone, including celebrities — in case of an accident:
If you damage another vehicle, stop your car as soon as possible and exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Failure to do so constitutes a traffic infraction punishable by a $250 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
If you hit a parked vehicle or other stationary property, make reasonable efforts to locate the owner and if you can't, report the accident to the nearest police station or law enforcement officer. Failure to do so constitutes a traffic infraction punishable by a $250 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
If you injure or kill another driver, passenger or a pedestrian, call for medical assistance, provide your contact and insurance information, and report the incident to the police. You should not proceed to your destination as Miss Lohan did, even if you believe you are not at fault. Failure to remain at the scene may result in Class A or B misdemeanor charges and fines of $500 or more. If a person has been seriously injured or killed, felony criminal charges may result.
If you are injured in a hit and run accident, you can make a claim against your own automobile insurance company or the insurance company for any car owned by any relative who lives in the household. This insurance coverage is required by New York State law. Consult a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to help you with your personal injury case.
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