Navigating “Fail to Remain” Charges in Ontario with Traffic Paralegal Services
Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act mandates drivers to stop at the scene in the unfortunate event of an accident. But what happens if a driver fails to do so? Let us unravel the intricacies of the “Fail to Remain” charge and how Traffic Paralegal Services can assist you in these situations.
What is “Fail to Remain”?
“Fail to Remain” or “Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident” is a term used in Ontario’s traffic law that refers to the act of leaving the scene of an accident without fulfilling your legal obligations. It is also known as a “hit and run” offence.
In a Hit and Run Accident with Personal Injuries/Bodily Harm
If you are involved in a collision that results in personal injuries or bodily harm, it is your responsibility to stop, render aid where possible, and provide your contact and insurance details to the affected parties or to law enforcement. Failing to do so can result in severe consequences, including criminal charges.
In a Hit and Run Accident without Personal Injuries/Bodily Harm
Even if no personal injuries occur, but the damage is in excess of $2,000, you must still stop your vehicle, identify yourself, and exchange insurance information. You may think a minor scratch or a dent does not warrant stopping, but leaving the scene in such cases could still lead to a “Fail to Remain” charge.