Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense in New Jersey and can result in fines, the suspension of your license, and in some cases even jail. This includes instances where both property damage and personal injury occur, as well as instances where only property damage has occurred.

Clearly, those cases resulting in personal injury are more serious, but the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in only property damage are also very serious.

If a driver, who knowingly is involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person or damage to any vehicle/property, must provide his name and address to the person injured or whose vehicle or property was damaged. The driver is also required to notify the nearest office of the local police department, and is required to render reasonable assistance to those injured if it is apparent that the treatment is necessary or is requested by the injured person.

If no other driver was involved, the law requires that the person leave a note with their name and contact information.

Additionally, if you are caught having left the scene of an accident without taking the necessary steps to remedy the situation, you will be liable for any personal and/or property damage you caused.