Perform These Duties After a Car Accident an Avoid a Traffic Violation

You may not be aware, but the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code imposes several duties on a person who was involved in a PA car accident. If you do not perform these duties, under PA law, you could be issued a traffic violation.

You must give your name, address, and registration number of the vehicle you were driving to anyone other driver involved in the PA car accident. You must also give this information to a police officer investigating the PA car accident.

In addition, under PA law, you must render “reasonable assistance” to any injured person, including making arrangements for the injured person to seek medical treatment. You also have the duty to report the PA car accident to the nearest police station. So call 911 as soon as possible!

Whenever the driver of the vehicle is disabled, unconscious or unable to give the required information such as the name, address, and registration number of the vehicle involved in the PA car accident or unable to provide “reasonable assistance” to any injured person in the PA car accident, a passenger in the motor vehicle has the legal duty to perform these activities.

There are many other important things to do immediately after any accident. See our Accident Procedures brochure at www.pa-nj-injurylawyer.com/news/. These are tasks that you should complete immediately after a PA car accident that will help any PA personal injury claim or case you may have.

See Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code §3744 which states the duties of a driver and passenger(s) involved in a PA automobile accident below:

§3744. Duty to give information and render aid

(a) General rule.–The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall give his name, address and the registration number of the vehicle he is driving, and shall upon request exhibit his driver’s license and information relating to financial responsibility to any person injured in the accident or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in the accident and shall give the information and upon request exhibit the license and information relating to financial responsibility to any police officer at the scene of the accident or who is investigating the accident and shall render to any person injured in the accident reasonable assistance, including the making of arrangements for the carrying of the injured person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary or if requested by the injured person.

(b) Report of accident to police.–In the event that none of the persons specified are in condition to receive the information to which they otherwise would be entitled under subsection (a) and no police officer is present, the driver of any vehicle involved in the accident after fulfilling all other requirements of section 3742 (relating to accidents involving death or personal injury) and subsection (a), in so far as possible on his part to be performed, shall forthwith report the accident to the nearest office of a duly authorized police department and submit to the police department the information specified in subsection (a).

(c) Duty of occupants if driver disabled.–Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically unable to give the information or assistance required in this section and there are other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the accident who are physically able to give the information or assistance required in this section, each of the other occupants shall fully reveal the identity of himself and the identity of the driver of the vehicle and of the owner of the vehicle of which they are occupants and shall otherwise perform the duties of the driver as set forth in subsection (a).