The crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Injury is a serious felony offense with long-term consequences. A driver who has reason to believe that he/she was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused serious injury to another person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and remain there to exchange personal information with the other driver or police, and to obtain aid for the injured individual at the scene of the accident. A person who fails to follow these requirements by leaving the scene of the accident will be charged with the felony offense of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Injury. To be convicted of this offense the defendant must have been a substantial cause of the other person’s injuries.
Serious injury or serious bodily impairment can consist of a broken bone, an injured internal organ, brain injury, paralysis, or any type of permanent injury.
A conviction for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Injury will require a maximum prison sentence of 5 years. The typical sentence on a Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Injury in Washtenaw County is 6 months to 1 year in the county jail with 3 years of supervised probation. A long-term driver license revocation will also result from a conviction on this offense. The vehicle involved in the offense may also be immobilized or forfeited to the state of Michigan.