Whenever you are involved in a personal injury vehicle crash you are required to stay at the scene until the authorities arrive. A recent crash in Kentucky, just north of the Tennessee line, illustrates this point very well.
A passenger in a vehicle that caused an accident that caused the death of two women left the scene of the two-car accident and has now been charged with a felony under Kentucky law.
In Tennessee leaving the scene is proscribed by statue at:
55-10-101. Accidents involving death or personal injury.
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible, but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of § 55-10-103. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. The requirements herein apply to accidents occurring upon highways and the premises of any shopping center, trailer park or any apartment house complex, or any other premises which are generally frequented by the public at large.
(b) (1) A violation of subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(2) It is a Class E felony for any person to fail to stop or to comply with the requirements of subsection (a) when such person knew or should reasonably have known that death resulted from the accident.
For this and other important Tennessee highway traffic safety information, visit the website of the experienced Tennessee automobile accident attorneys at Phillip Miller & Associates, or call 615-356-2000