When an accident occurs, it’s up to you to stop and respond. Don’t risk the alternative possibilities: a hit-and-run charge, a citation or, in one San Diego case, a tragic fatality. San Diego 6 News has reported that a driver was been killed as a result of having fled from the scene of a traffic accident in San Marcos.
The news report is certainly tragic as much as it is staggering: a senseless death has occurred needlessly in light of an otherwise injury-free traffic accident.
According to authorities, the individual in question allegedly tried to run away from the accident by hopping over a median lane and into oncoming traffic. In an effort to evade the scene on foot, the individual was tragically hit by several oncoming cars resulting in his fatality.
The death occurred on Route 78 near Nordahl Road in San Marcos at roughly 4:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA LAW: TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
It’s important to know that California law requires drivers to stop after having been involved in an accident. Please don’t risk putting your life at risk and evading the scene of an accident. We want each and every San Diego driver to remain safe and alive! Even if you feel you may be “caught” for something such as no insurance, driving on a suspended license or even drinking and driving, it is best to just stop for the accident and follow the law – your life could depend on it!
ALWAYS PULL OVER IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT
Even if you believe there is little or no property damage or personal injury, it is important to stop if an accident has occurred. California law requires that all drivers stop for an accident in the event of injury or property damage, or both.
In most cases, you may be required by law to exchange information following a San Diego car accident. You may want to write down the name, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance company information for the other person in the event you will need it later.
RECORD IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT
If you have experienced injury or property damage, it may be a good idea to write down important information about the accident as details may soon become fuzzy following the stress that soon follows a traffic accident. Also, take pictures of your vehicle or other aspects of the accident that you feel would be important at a later date.
USE A CAR ACCIDENT CHECKLIST
Most people don’t know what to do in the event of a car accident. Download our FREE car accident checklist now and keep it in your glove box. Our car accident checklist contains all the essential questions that need answering prior to leaving the scene of the accident. Be prepared.
WHEN SAN DIEGO INJURY ACCIDENTS OCCUR
If you have been injured in a car accident and suspect the other person was at fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Legal cases become even more complex where the driver has evaded the scene of the accident or if the accident is suspected to be a “hit-and-run.” Call our car accident attorney specialists now for FREE legal evaluation of you case. The consultation is completely FREE and we collect nothing until we win: 1-858-551-2090.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines