A California hit and run accident can occur if you leave the scene of the accident without identifying yourself to the other individuals involved. If no one else was hurt and only property was damaged in the accident and you leave the scene, you could be charged with California misdemeanor hit and run. However, if any other person was killed or injured, then this charge can be increased to a felony hit and run. A California hit and run charge could follow you for years to come. If you’ve been a victim in a California hit and run, you may need to consider filing a personal injury claim.
It is always important to stop and share your contact information with anyone else involved in the accident. The penalties associated with felony hit and run can be serious and it is important to stop and share your contact information in the event that you need to move forward with a personal injury claim or file an insurance claim. Having police arrive on the scene to take a police report can help to gather all of the appropriate information should you choose to move forward with an injury claim.
There are serious consequences associated with a hit and run even if it is classified as a misdemeanor. If you are ever involved in an accident in California, stop, call the police, and share your contact information with anyone else involved. It may be impossible for you to realize at the scene of the accident, whether or not anyone has sustained serious injuries and this is one of the primary reasons that you need to stop and evaluate the scene and collect yourself before leaving.
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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