Center Point, IA asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Wisconsin

Q: I received 3 citations the DA offered me to take the failure to report an accident or failure to keep vehicle under

Control and hit and run of property adjacent to a highway or vice versa whats better

2 Lawyer Answers

Emmanuel Muwonge

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wauwatosa, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: Without additional facts and circumstances which led or may have led to the accident in question, I am inclined to believe that you are better off taking the "failure to report an accident". The Failure To Report an Accident does not directly involve your operation of your vehicle as it is circumstances arising after the accident. On the other hand, the others you say are the alternative offers as it were, pertain to your active management and control of your vehicle which has serious consequences in terms of liability as well as insurance. I believe that the "failure to report" does not directly impact your rating for insurance purposes if you were to seek coverage with any carrier while the others involve activity that places you in a risk category which effectively subjects you to higher premiums than you otherwise would have.

I hope that this helps for the limited purpose of the question you asked under the limited facts you supplied. Again, this is not legal advice and should not be considered as such.

Peter N. Munsing

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Failure to report & hit and run if there's any property damage can in some states be criminal, so I suggest that if they'll drop that those is better. Not clear what you are being offered besides. You need to look at the citation. It would make sense to at least consult an attorney who handles citations in the area where the judge will be

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