In California, Vehicle Code 20002 governs Misdemeanor Hit and Run law. You face a Hit and Run charge if you leave an accident without exchanging information. After an accident, you must immediately stop after and exchange information. You must provide your name and address. Further, there is no excuse if the owner of the property is not present. Instead, you must place a note with your name and address in an easy to find location. If you do not, you will be charged with Hit and Run.
There are two types of Hit and Run charges, (1) misdemeanor and (2) felony. You will face a Felony Hit and Run charge if the accident involves an injury to another person. But, if the injury is merely to property, you will only face a misdemeanor Hit and Run charge.
Many people have mistaken beliefs when it comes to Hit and Run. For example, many people believe the accident must be between two vehicles. This is assumption is wrong. Instead, you must stop and exchange information when any property sustains damage. For instance, if you run over your neighbor’s pet, you must stop and exchange information. If you do not, you may face a Hit and Run Charge.
It is easy to fall victim to California’s Hit and Run laws. This is true for a few reasons. First you must stop and exchange information regardless of who is at fault. Second, you must stop and exchange information even if your car sustained no damage.
For example, you get in an accident where the other driver is clearly at fault. The other driver backs out of a parking spot and taps your bumper. Your car sustains no damage. But there is damage to the other driver’s car. You must stop and exchange information.
There are two common causes for Hit and Run charges. First is the mishandling of a parking lot accident. Many accidents occur in a parking lot. Many people may leave the scene out of fear. This will result in a Hit and Run charge.
Second, many people fail to immediately stop after an accident because of nervousness. Instead, they drive 1 or 2 miles and then turn around to go back to the scene of the accident. This failure to immediately stop can result in a Hit and Run charge.
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