It is a natural instinct to flee when we are scared. However, every motorist on the open road needs to overcome it whenever they get into an accident.
Remember, if you plead guilty to or are convicted of leaving the scene of a serious car accident (VTL 600-2a), your NY driver’s license will be suspended. Similarly if you are found at fault in a fatal car accident, your license will also be suspended.
Leaving the Scene of a Serious Accident
Although your license will not be suspended simply because you got into a little fender bender and left the scene, other serious consequences can result from it (increases in insurance, a higher fine, points on your license, etc.). However, if you leave the scene of a serious car accident, your license can be taken away from you.
If you caused personal injury to another person and you fled the scene of the accident, such conduct will be considered “serious” enough for New York State to take your driving privileges away.
Under VTL 510(2)(iii), a motorist’s driver’s license will automatically be suspended if he is convicted:
- “(iii) of any violation of subdivision two of section six hundred or section three hundred ninety-two or of a local law or ordinance making it unlawful to leave the scene of an accident without reporting.”
Make no mistake, this is not some “permissive” suspension where the DMV can choose whether to take your driving privileges away. This suspension falls under the category of “mandatory” suspensions. Consequently, the State of New York will suspend your license if you violate VTL 600-2a.
Being Found at Fault in a Fatal Car Accident
Aside from leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident, your NY driver’s license will be suspended if you were found at fault in a fatal car accident.
According to VTL 510(2)(i), your NY driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted:
- “(i) of homicide or assault arising out of the operation of a motor vehicle or motorcycle or criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle or motorcycle resulting in death, whether the conviction was had in this state or elsewhere.”
It is important to note that this applies to all kinds of vehicular homicides and assaults (murder, manslaughter, criminal negligence, etc.). You do not need to have intended to hurt a fellow driver. Even an unintentional killing will cause your license to be suspended.
Also, it does not matter where the fatal accident takes place. If you were in Florida and you got into a fatal car accident and were found at fault, your New York driver’s license will be suspended.
Losing your driving privileges is serious. Not only is it annoying because it restricts your freedom of movement, but it can also make getting to work impossible. Remember, your livelihood and freedom is at stake. Be sure to contact an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney to help you avoid a suspension.
Who Should You Contact?
If you are worried about having your NY license suspended,The Rosenblum Law Firm. Call us today at 888-883-5529.