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Orange County Hit and Run Attorney

Many people have unintentionally scraped a neighboring car when backing out of a parking space and then driven away in a hurry once they realized what happened. Such an incident, no matter how insignificant, can be regarded as a hit and run.

Defense of Hit and Run

Because a person is legally obligated to exchange (or leave) their personal contact information with another car owner, the law allows some room for reasonable measures. Sometimes, it is not safe to turn, stop, or pull over one's vehicle depending on the circumstances.

Additionally, where one does not have a defense for an alleged Hit and Run, there are other ways to settle the charge in the client's favor so that the offense does not stay on the client's record. To get this kind of result, you must discuss your case and have it analyzed by a professional defense lawyer that handles such cases. For more information, contact the Defense Lawyer Corporation for a consultation.

Law of Hit and Run

If a person knowingly becomes involved in a vehicle accident, causes damage to someone else's property, and fails to stop immediately and provide the owner of the property with his or her personal information, he or she will have committed a hit and run (Vehicle Code § 20002).

Usually in an accident, both parties will exchange their personal and insurance information. If one party is not available however, for example if someone damages a parked car with no one inside, he or she is legally obligated to leave a note with his or her personal information in a conspicuous place and then notify the police of the accident.

Even if a person does not believe himself or herself to have caused the accident, or he or she believes the accident was unavoidable, he or she must still leave all of his or her personal information for the other person. The only reason a person may have for not immediately giving his or her personal information to the other party is if the person was knocked unconscious or disabled so that he was unable to carry out his legal obligation right away. He must complete his legal obligation to provide his personal information, however, as soon as he is reasonably able to.