A hit and run is a criminal charge in California involving a vehicular accident between either two motor vehicles or a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in which the offending party leaves the scene of the impact. While many times this is done on purpose, there are other isolated situations in which a potential defendant may flee out of fear, or because they did not realize that there was anything other than minor damage caused in the accident.
Regardless of the exact reason why a motorist decided to leave a vehicular or foot traffic accident site involving injury, property damage or death, the charge is a serious one that can range the gamut from a simple misdemeanor to a felony, depending upon the seriousness of the resulting damage.
Contact a San Diego Personal Injury Attorney if you have been injured by a reckless motorist.
Common Injuries Following A Pedestrial Accident
Many victims that have suffered bodily injuries after being hit while walking on the sidewalk or crosswalk have obtained the following damages:
- Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Neck Injuries
- Severe Bruising
- Loss Of Memory
After any accident, always contact a lawyer who has experience in your specific case and injuries. A great attorney will schedule you medical evaluations within that same week (usually 1-2 days) to ensure your health is not at risk.
How To Determine Who Was At Fault
Not sure if you were the one at fault? Read our article on When is a Pedestrian at Fault for a Car Accident? or Can pedestrians be responsible for road accidents?
Police may be able to link you to a hit and run if they can identify your vehicle at the accident scene and prove that you were the driver at the time the incident occurred. They can do this by identifying your license plate on cameras, eyewitness testimony, and other physical types of evidence, such as paint chips or fingerprints left at the scene.
The police may then attempt to contact you via letter or phone call and ask to meet with you. If this is the case, be sure to speak to an attorney. A good attorney will be able to handle your police questioning with ease. Many times law enforcement can only prove that your vehicle was involved, but not that you were driving, and a good lawyer will readily point this out rather than allowing you to confess.
Also, refrain from calling your insurance company unless it is through your lawyer. They may attempt to trick you by taping phone calls and turn such recordings and other physical evidence over to the police. A good attorney, however, will work hand-in-hand with your insurance company to help compensate the victim, get your car fixed without admitting guilt, and allow a hypothetical admission to the facts on record to get the balls rolling without risking any legal claims against you. Convictions can still be avoidable depending on the circumstances of your particular situation.
Give us a call at Mova Law Group today and we will set up a free consultation to review your case and go over your options. Our specialized attorneys will work with you to solve these legal issues as quickly and painlessly as possible.
For more information contact a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer today.