If you believe you may be liable for a Hit and Run, or if you have received a notice from the Police Department requesting an interview with you about an alleged Hit and Run, the first thing you should do is contact a knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer.
An experienced attorney has handled hundreds of Hit and Run cases in Los Angeles and knows the steps needed to be taken immediately to mitigate the consequences. There are also available defenses that could be strong arguments in your favor, if the case is prepared early on and as soon as possible.
According to California Vehicle Code §20002 if a drive of a vehicle is involved in an accident that results in injury or death, the driver of the vehicle must provide the following information to the person who is struck in the accident or any owner or occupants of a vehicle that was struck as well as a traffic officer present at the scene:
- Give his or her name to the injured
- Give his or her current residence address to the injured
- Names and current addresses of the current residence of any occupant in his or her car that was also injured in the accident
- Registration number of the vehicle her or she is driving
- Name and current residence address of the owner of the vehicle
In addition to providing the following information, the driver must also render to any person who has been injured, reasonable assistance, including transporting or making arrangements for transportation, of any injured persons so that they may receive medical treatment, if it is apparent that medical treatment is needed or if they request transportation.
In the event of the death of a person resulting from an accident, the driver must also immediately report the accident to the nearest offices of the California Highway Patrol.
For a person who has been involved in an accident that results in damage to property must take the following actions:
- Must immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or jeopardize the safety of other motorists.
- Locate and notify the owner or persons in charge of the property that was damaged of the name and current address of the driver
- Provide the driver’s license, vehicle registration to the property owner or persons in charge of the property that was damaged
- Leave in a conspicuous place on the damaged property a written notice giving the name and current address of the driver
- Shall notify without unreasonable delay the nearest California Highway Patrol Department.
If you find yourself in a situation where you may have failed to follow one of the requirements outlines by legislation and are being charged with a Los Angeles Hit and Run, contact a Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer immediately. There are many defenses available when it comes to the steps taken following an accident. Immediate actions upon contacting an attorney may help mitigate the consequences.