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San Jose CA hit and run lawyerNobody plans for a car accident to happen, so when it does, it can be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you are not sure what to do when you get into an accident. The one thing you should never do if you are in an accident is leave the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the other driver. If you do, you could be charged with a hit-and-run offense, which can carry some pretty serious consequences. Hit-and-run charges are no joke and should be handled by a skilled lawyer who has experience defending against these charges.

Felony and Misdemeanor Hit-and-Run Charges

There are two different types of hit-and-run charges in California: felony and misdemeanor charges. You can be charged with a misdemeanor hit-and-run if all of the following were present:

  • You left the scene of an accident;
  • You did not leave any information to the other party or parties involved; and
  • Another person’s property was damaged in the accident.

A hit-and-run charge does not usually become a felony until another party is injured or killed in the accident and you leave the scene without leaving any identifying information. Even if there is no damage to anyone’s property or no bodily injury, you can still be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, though the offense will most likely result in a fine.

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hit and run accident, hit and run drivers, car accidents, San Jose car accident attorneys, hit and run accident, hit and run drivers, car accidents, San Jose car accident attorneys,  pedestrian accident fatalityBy law, when a crash or collision occurs involving a motor vehicle, all drivers are required to pull over immediately at the crash site, notify law enforcement, and exchange information with other drivers. Unfortunately, there are some drivers who flee the scene. When hit and run car accidents involve motorists and pedestrians, there are steps you can take to help hold these drivers accountable.

Hit and Run Accidents

In late September 2017, Mercury News reported a car accident that held the grim distinction of involving the city of San Jose’s 33rd traffic fatality of the year. The accident involved a 59-year-old man who was struck by an SUV while walking across Ocala Avenue. The driver of the SUV was not identified. After hitting the man, the driver immediately fled the scene.

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