Hit and Run Charge? You Need Our Help Now!

Hit and Run Charge

Hit and Run, Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, or Fail to Report an Accident are all the same offense: the most serious charge in Alberta's Traffic Safety Act. Even more serious than Careless Driving! Seven demerit points and crushing insurance premium increases follow a conviction for this offense.

The next step up is a criminal charge for Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident. What usually determines which version of the charge the police use is whether anyone was hurt and/or whether alcohol was involved. Your insurance company treats the criminal version and the Traffic Safety Act version the same for insurance premium purposes and will double, triple or even quadruple your insurance premiums for at least the next 3 years!

So that's the bad news.

The good news? There are a host of defenses for us to use to protect your insurance premiums ...AND you will never have to go to traffic court for us to get that done.

These are the highest of stakes. Please, make sure you contact us right away for some expert advice!

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Traffic Ticket Tip: Hit and Run

Nearly all of us have been involved in a hit and run accident. HUH? This serious offence happens several times a day in Calgary, and though you weren’t caught, you're probably guilty…

You know those little bumper nudges that happen in parking lots. Pretty cheesy, but if it happens and you don’t leave a note with your particulars on the other vehicle, it qualifies as a hit and run. An accident is defined as ‘contact’ between two vehicles… damage doesn't need to occur. We defend this charge often and at times the tickets are given when the driver had no idea the collision even occurred.

In legalese a "Hit and Run" is called “Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident”. Leaving the scene of an accident… at fault or not… is the most serious offence in Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act. It carries 7 demerits and guarantees you the same insurance impact as an impaired driving charge.

Talk to someone who’s been busted for impaired driving. Their insurance premiums are an astonishing $3000-$4000/year for at least a three year period.

The lesser version of Fail to Remain at the Scene is Failing to Report an Accident. There are a few ways to commit this offence but the bottom line is always that you did not leave a note, or otherwise notify, the owner of the vehicle or property that you damaged. This charge carries 3 demerit points BUT your insurance company still may elevate your premiums if this shows up on your record. Not all insurance companies are that ruthless, but horror stories of radical premium increases are certainly out there.

There are many defenses to amend these charges and help protect your insurance premiums. PLEASE make sure you talk to us before you even THINK about just pleading guilty.

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