What is Considered a Hit and Run Accident?

Author: Mesriani Law Group
Posted on: February 17, 2021

In Los Angeles, traffic accidents happen every day.

In the case of a hit and run accident, a driver that flees the scene after a traffic accident prior to carrying out procedures as required by state law may be prosecuted under California Vehicle Code Sections 20001 and 20002.

California Law Procedures After a Hit and Run

After a hit and run accident, California state law requires both parties to remain at the scene. Both parties should exchange insurance information and contact police as necessary.

Generally, the only exception to leave the scene of the accident prior to following all necessary procedures is to seek immediate medical care.

Charges for a hit and run violation can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on whether a victim was injured.

Drivers fleeing the scene of the accident after a hit and run can be charged with a misdemeanor hit and run if the accident caused damaged to another vehicle or property (California Vehicle Code Section 20002).

But if a victim suffered from bodily injuries or dies from the accident, the driver may be charged a felony hit and run (California Vehicle Code Section 20001).

Examples of Common Hit and Run Accidents

There are several instances that may constitute a hit and run.

One of the most common examples is of a driver leaving the scene of a crash that involved another vehicle. Another example is of a driver leaving the scene after hitting a parked car. A driver leaving the scene after hitting a pedestrian or cyclist can also be considered a hit and run accident.

Drivers flee the scene of a hit and run accident for various reasons. Some of the most common reasons include an uninsured driver, a driver that’s in trouble with the law, a driver that does not have a valid California driver’s license, driver is an illegal alien, or driver is underneath the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Regardless of the reason, fleeing the scene of a hit and run accident is illegal.

Common Hit and Run Injuries  

The force of impact from a car crash can be devastating due to the extraordinary size and power of a motor vehicle.

Victims of hit and run accidents typically sustain bodily injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to more serious injuries. Depending on the accident, hit and run victims can sustain broken bones, head injuries, internal injuries, brain injury, loss of limbs, disfigurement, or paralysis. In the most serious cases, a hit and run accident can cause the death of a victim. 

Hire a Los Angeles Hit and Run Attorney

No one should have to figure out the legalities of an already stressful situation alone.

If you’re the victim of a hit and run accident, you have the right to recover monetary damages from the party at fault. An experienced accident attorney Los Angeles at Mesriani Law Group can help you with your serious injury claims and get you the maximum compensation available.