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Damaging Unattended Vehicle or Property

After a driver of a motor vehicle crashes into another vehicle, the driver has certain duties to stop and remain at the scene until certain reporting requirements have been met. Crimes related to leaving the scene can be charged as a felony if personal injury occurred or as a misdemeanor if only property was damaged.

If you are under investigation for leaving the scene of a crash after striking a parked car or other unattended property, then contact a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas. James Gallo is familiar with the common issues that arise in these cases from dealing with the police to dealing with the insurance company.

Call Gallo Law Office to discuss the facts of your case before you speak with any law enforcement officer. Call to speak directly with an attorney Hit and Run Cases in Las Vegas.


Elements of NRS 484E.040

Under NRS 484E.040, a driver has a duty upon damaging an unattended vehicle or other property. The duty arises if a driver of any vehicle collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended. NRS 484E.040 only applies if the crash results in any damage to such other vehicle or property.

After such a crash, the driver shall immediately stop and shall then and there locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or other property. Alternatively, the driver shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle or property a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking.


Reporting Requirements under NRS 484E.050

Under NRS 484E.050, a driver must immediately provide notice to a police officer of accidents involving an unattended vehicle or other property. The statute applies to the driver of a vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property.

In such cases, the driver must immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the nearest office of a police authority or of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Under NRS 484E.050, whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving an immediate notice of an accident as required in subsection 1 of NRS 484E.050 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant shall make or cause to be given the notice not given by the driver.


Finding a Las Vegas Attorney for NRS 484E.040 Violations

If you are charged with a crime for leaving the scene of property damage to unattended property without meeting your reporting requirements then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Gallo Law Office in downtown Las Vegas. Find out what you need to do now to protect your rights after leaving the scene of a crash in Las Vegas or the surrounding areas of Clark County including North Las Vegas or Henderson.

Call (702) 385-3131 today to discuss your case today with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Let James Gallo, an experienced attorney for traffic crash cases, put his experience to work for you.  


This article was last updated on Monday, May 9, 2016.