Under California law, every driver involved in an accident has to stay at the scene. Of course, there are some situations where you can leave the scene. For example, if you’re driving and hit a parked car and there’s no one present, you can leave a note before leaving the scene and contacting police and your insurance. But, more serious situations where a person has been hit and a driver leaves the scene is a crime.
The Golden State is especially tough on hit and run drivers. California Vehicle Code 20002 and 20003 outline stiff penalties for leaving the scene of an accident. Hit and run situations where property is damages is usually charged as a misdemeanor. If a person if injured or dies in the accident, the hit and run driver can face felony charges. Read the rest »