Leaving The Scene

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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

After a person has fled the scene of a car accident they usually regret doing so. There are lots of reasons why someone might react in a way that is not normal behavior. They could have been afraid of the consequences that would come with the accident. If they were under the influence, the alcohol or drugs could have impaired their judgment, and they didn’t want to get a DUI as well as the other accident related charges. If the accident happened to be very minor, they may have not even known that an impact or accident even happened. Regardless of why they left the scene, every driver has obligations they need to follow that come with the privilege of having a driver’s license.

The El Cajon DUI attorneys at our law firm understand what it takes to successfully defend your case. DUI Crew’s expertise allows us to spot the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and ask the hard questions for them when defending you.

Stopping at the Scene of an Accident

By California state law, drivers are required to stop if they have been part of an accident. If you have left the scene, you must return right away, or you will be charged with a count of hit and run. After you stop, you must:

  • Exchange any relevant information with the other driver(s) (contact information, insurance information, registration, driver’s license etc.)
  • If you cannot locate the driver of the other vehicle, you must leave a note on their car with your contact and insurance information
  • File a police report immediately
  • If there are any injuries, immediately dial 911 and give assistance at the scene
  • If you have failed to perform any of these actions, or have been charged with a count of leaving the scene of an accident, and you were under the influence at the time, you could be facing some serious penalties. Contact an attorney at DUI Crew right away to help you.
  • Contact an El Cajon DUI attorney immediately if you have been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.