Hit and run - Declaration

Hit and run - Declaration


Hit and run is punishable by up to three years' imprisonment.

Offense of hit and run

  • The law regulates the "Unauthorized removing from the accident" in § 142 of the Criminal Code.
  • Then you will be penalized if you do not enable a party to an accident the other parties to establish your identity and the course of events, or have to wait a reasonable time before the victim could meet these findings. You need to tell apart from your identity and information about your vehicle, eg. As the indicator, as well as the nature of your participation.
  • You will also be fined for hit and run, if you have indeed removed the right, but then the necessary findings did not allow immediately afterwards.
  • Accident party you may not only if you have culpably caused the accident as a driver. It is sufficient, for example, if you have thrown objects as a passenger out of the car window, or if you have an animal ran into the vehicle and thereby came to the crash.
  • The offense requires that an accident has occurred on public roads. An accident only events are counted pulling a property damage of at least 25 to 50 euros according to minimum pokes without damage are not. Accidents on private land is not covered by the requirement for public-road transportation is meant to public places and streets.

Waiting time and reporting to the police department

  • If you were involved in an accident and no injured person is at the accident site, you need to wait a reasonable time.
  • Depending on the weather, the extent of damage and the other circumstances, the reasonable period vary, the law takes between 15 minutes and two hours. So stay in each case at least half an hour.
  • Rather than leave a note or business card at the damaged vehicle, you must be open to the nearest police station to report the accident.
  • If you miss this, you can do more within 24 hours of the announcement, to eventually impunity to get away with it, namely when the accident occurred outside of the flowing traffic and no significant damage has occurred (see. § 142 IV StGB). Even if these are not met, a voluntary display acts after the accident escape from getting in mitigation.
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