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What constitutes a hit and run in Montreal?
Did you know that a hit and run can lead to either a criminal or penal offence, depending on the circumstances? After an accident, it’s essential to fulfill specific obligations, which include staying at the scene, providing your information, and offering assistance to the injured if necessary.
A criminal hit and run conviction results in nine demerit points, significantly impacting your driving record. If you’re under 23, accumulating nine demerit points would lead to a license suspension after a hit and run conviction.
Driver's obligations in a hit and run
According to the Highway Safety Code, a driver involved in an accident must adhere to various obligations to avoid penalties associated with a hit and run. The Code defines an accident as an event where a moving road vehicle causes damage.
The driver must remain at the scene or return immediately after leaving. Assisting any injured individuals is crucial, including calling 911 if there are bodily injuries.
As the driver involved in a hit and run, you are responsible for providing the following information to both the victim and the police:
- Name and address
- License number
- Owner’s name and address as listed on the vehicle registration certificate
- Insurance or solvency certificate as required by the Automobile Insurance Act
- License plate number
If the accident involves an animal weighing more than 25 kg, an unoccupied vehicle, or another inanimate object, and you can’t reach the property owner or their representative on-site, you must immediately contact the nearest police station to report the accident, providing the information above.
What if the hit and run was in a parking lot?
In the case of Verville v. Brossard, 2015 QCCS 4367, the defendant appealed a conviction for a hit and run in a health center parking lot. The appeal confirmed that even though the parking lot isn’t a public road, section 170 of the Highway Safety Code still applies in accidents. The appeal was dismissed, upholding the appellant’s conviction for the hit and run offence.
What if you can’t reach the property owner?
In Lévis (Ville de) v. Malenfant, 2013 QCCM 283, the court reviewed a hit and run incident during the night. The defendant, after colliding with the plaintiff’s parked vehicle, didn’t leave contact information on the vehicle or contact the police, due to being upset. Section 171 of the Highway Safety Code stipulates that if the property owner cannot be reached at the accident scene or nearby, the involved vehicle’s driver must contact the police. In this case, the defendant was found guilty of the offence and faced a $200 fine.
What can MTL Ticket do for you?
If you were in a hit and run accident, contact us! Our team of traffic lawyers is well-versed in the Highway Safety Code and can help you fight your ticket. Upon receiving a ticket, you have a mere 30 days to initiate a challenge, so please reach out to us immediately.
Upon reviewing the evidence against you, if there’s a viable defence, we’ll assist you in contesting the ticket to save you from fines and demerit points. Even when no defence is available, we can negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible resolution given the circumstances. We’re here to support you.