Monterey Hit & Run Accident Lawyer
Car crashes happen every day. When they happen, we are required to stop and provide the other drivers with our name and insurance information. When a person is involved in a car accident and fails to stop at the scene, they can be charged with fleeing the scene, or hit and run.
If a person leaves the scene and is later caught by police, they can face criminal charges. For property damage, they can face misdemeanor charges. If someone was seriously injured or killed, then they can face felony charges.
If you have been a victim of a hit and run accident, Allen Law Firm can assist you with liability issues so you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our experienced Monterey hit & run accident lawyer today.
What is a Hit and Run?
A hit and run involves all of these elements:
- The driver was involved in a car accident.
- The crash caused damage to someone else’s property.
- The driver was aware that they caused property damage.
- The driver failed to stop immediately at the accident scene or provide the car or property owner with their name and address
Causes of Hit and Run Accidents
Why would a driver leave an accident scene without stopping? Here are some reasons:
- The driver was drunk. A drunk driver can face DUI charges, so they will flee an accident scene to avoid getting caught. A driver with a previous DUI conviction will be even more likely to leave the scene.
- The driver was uninsured. When a driver has no auto insurance, they can face fines and other penalties. They may leave the accident scene to avoid a citation.
- The driver has a warrant. If a driver has a warrant for their arrest, is on parole, or has other related legal issues, they will likely leave the scene to avoid the penalties.
Defenses to Hit and Run
A hit and run accident would technically not occur in the following cases:
- The driver did not realize an accident occurred. If an accident is so minor that the driver did not even know if it happened, then they cannot be charged with hit and run.
- No damage occurred. If you bumped into a gate, for example, and your vehicle was not damaged, then you cannot be held liable.
- Damage only occurred to the driver’s car. If nothing else was damaged in the crash, then you technically did not have to stop and you cannot be charged with hit and run.
Contact Allen Law Firm Today
Hit and run accidents can result in a lot of damage as well as serious injuries. A person who flees the crash scene can face criminal charges.
Allen Law Firm has 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases. We can help with liability issues after a hit and run accident. Contact our experienced Monterey hit & run lawyers today for a free consultation. Call our office at (831) 264-0605 or fill out the online form.