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Collecting complete & accurate information at the scene is crucial to assist in legal and insurance proceedings at a later date and is prescribed by law:
Sec. 252 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada states that every person commits an offence who has the care, charge or control of a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft that is involved in an accident with another person or vehicle and, with intent to escape civil or criminal liability fails to stop the vehicle give his name, address and, where any person has been injured or appears to require assistance, offer assistance.
The punishment can be as high as 5 years imprisonment or, when someone dies as a result of the collision, it can be life imprisonment!
Section 69 of the Traffic Safety Act is the defining section dealing with hit and run accidents in Alberta and states what the requirements a driver of a vehicle involved directly or indirectly in an accident on a highway must comply with:
If someone strikes a parked car they are obligated to leave written notice in a conspicuous place (under the windshield wiper usually):
If an accident results in damage to property on or adjacent to a highway, the driver must take steps to locate the owner and supply:
In all of the above examples the Traffic Safety Act states that if the driver is incapable of providing the required information, another occupant must. If that is not done, the owner of the vehicle must provide the information upon learning of the collision. If the driver is alone, rendered incapable and is the registered owner of the vehicle, he or she must provide the information as soon as possible.
Penalties can range as high as $2000.00 or six months imprisonment, or both.
If the vehicle involved in the hit and run collision is identified via a licence plate the registered owner can be charged under Section 160(1) of the TSA which states:
If a vehicle is in an offence, the owner of that vehicle is guilty of an offence.