Hit and Run Accident Lawyers in Los Angeles
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Hit and run accident happens when a negligent driver, after causing a car accident, fails to stop to aid and exchange information with the car accident victim. Even if you hit a stationary vehicle or a parked car, the law provides that you should leave a note with your name or address. Aside from this, you should contact the police department in order to make sure that you are not charged with a hit and run violation later on.
In California, you should be aware that there are different types of crimes committed by a person who fails to stop after an accident, which may include Felony Hit and Run (CVC Sec. 20001), Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (California Penal Code, Sec. 191.5(b)) and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (CVC 23152 (a).
There are also factors that determine the gravity of the hit and run charge, which include looking at the nature of the accident, the extent of damage to the affected vehicles, the attitude and cooperation of the parties to the investigation and even prior arrests or convictions.
The foregoing considered, if you are being charged with committing the infraction or felony, the best thing to do is seek legal help from expert Hit and Run Accident Lawyers to make sure that your hit and run claim or, in the alternative, your rights to defend yourself against the hit and run charge are fully protected.
The usual consequences of hit and run are payment of significant fines to loss of driving privileges. In worst case scenarios, you can be put on probation or parole or even suffer imprisonment depending on the seriousness of hour hit and run infraction.