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What Is Considered a Hit and Run in California?

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You are probably aware that, after being involved in a car accident, you should immediately pull to the side of the road in order to collect evidence and exchange information with the other driver. After all, it’s the law, right? Unfortunately, not all drivers follow this essential step after a crash. If the driver flees the scene of a crash and you’re injured, here’s what you need to know.

Hit and Run Laws in California

In California, a hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver leaves the scene of an accident without providing contact information to the other driver or leaves the scene of the crash without waiting for police officers to show up. These acts are in direct violation of California Vehicle Code 20002, which requires individuals involved in auto accidents to:

  • Stop the vehicle immediately after a collision
  • Give accurate personal details to the other parties involved
  • If the other driver isn’t at the scene of a crash, provide information on a written note

Hit-and-run violations are enforced by law enforcement, and those found to be guilty of this crime may be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the specific circumstances of the crash.

Filing an Insurance Claim

If the police are unable to locate the driver who fled the scene, you will have to turn to your own insurance company for financial recovery after a crash. There are several types of insurance available to victims of hit and runs in California, depending on the person’s specific auto insurance policy.

For instance, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and collision coverage may be used to cover the costs of a hit and run, while comprehensive coverage cannot be used. Ultimately, hiring an attorney is your best bet at ensuring you can get your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage covered after a hit and run.

Get Help After a Hit and Run

If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you can count on the Chico auto accident attorneys at Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley to help you navigate the claims process from start to finish. We pride ourselves on taking cases that other attorneys won’t. No matter how complex your case may be, you have our word that we will fight hard to help you get back on your feet after an injury throws your life off track.

Get quality legal representation in your corner by calling (530) 413-0245 today! We answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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