San Diego Hit and Run Attorney
Driving a vehicle is a serious responsibility and both society and the law have certain expectations of drivers. One of those expectations is that if you are involved in a collision, you stop your vehicle and exchange information with the other driver. If you don’t stop, you can be charged with “hit and run,” the details of which are found in Vehicle Code sections 20001-20004.
If you are involved in an accident with only property damage, you must stop at the nearest location that won’t block traffic or cause a safety hazard. You must then present your driver’s license and vehicle registration to the owner of the damaged property. If the property owner can’t be found, you must leave a note in a conspicuous place which gives your name and address and a statement of what happened. You must then contact the local police. Failing to follow these rules can result in a misdemeanor charge, up to six months in jail, and a fine of up to $1,000.
If you are involved in an accident where another person is injured or killed, you must stop and exchange information with the other driver and any injured person. You must provide your personal information to the police. Additionally, you must provide “reasonable assistance” to any injured person. In a hit and run case where someone sustains permanent, serious injury or dies, the penalty can be up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you were intoxicated at the time of the hit and run, the penalties can be more severe.