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Do I Have To Stop Car If I Have An Accident?

Do I have to stop the car if I have an accident?  Hit and run penalties are severe. So if you don’t stop the car when you have an accident, you could be fined, sent to jail or both. This depends on the extent of the damage and/or injuries. You also could lose your driver’s license.

The law says you must stop your car if you have an accident, whether the accident involves a pedestrian, a moving car, a parked car or someone’s property.

If you drive away, you can be charged with hit and run even if the accident was not your fault. You must also exchange information with the other driver. You need to give them your name and driver’s license number, the vehicle identification number of the car you are driving, the name and address of the car’s owner, the name and address of your insurance company and your insurance policy number (or other evidence of financial responsibility, such as a bond posted with the Department of Motor Vehicles).

If you hit a parked car or other property, try to find the owner or driver. If you cannot, the law says you may drive away only after you leave behind, in a conspicuous place, your name, address and an explanation of the accident, and the name and address of your car’s owner (if other than yourself). You also must notify the local police either by telephone or in person as soon as possible.

You need to call the police if the accident caused a death or injury. An officer who comes to the scene of the accident will conduct an investigation. If an officer doesn’t show up, you must make a written report on a form available at the police department or office as soon as possible.

Do not volunteer any information about who was to blame for the accident. You may think you are in the wrong and then learn that the other driver is as much or more to blame than you are. You should first talk to your insurance agent, your lawyer or both.

Anything you say to the police or the other driver can be used against you later.
Don’t agree to pay for damages or sign any paper except a traffic ticket until you check with your insurance company or lawyer.

Be sure to cooperate with the police officer investigating the case. But, stick to the facts. For instance, if you were driving 30 miles an hour, say so. Don’t say, “I wasn’t speeding.” Say “I was only driving 30 miles an hour”.

Feel free to contact us for any questions at: 432-301-9252


Accident in Pleasanton, CA

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FREE: New Phone App For Car Accidents

Accidents Car accidents happen every day, but a survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners showed many Americans don’t know exactly what to do after an accident. Now there’s a smartphone app that walks you through the crucial steps to take if you’re in a car accident.

It’s called the “Wreck Check App”.

The WreckCheck mobile application, available to download for free for iPhone and Android users, helps remove the guesswork.  I put it on my cell phone & filled out the data too.  I want to have everything there to help me in case I get into an accident.

While drivers need to share information, the survey revealed consumers aren’t sure about exactly how much personal information to exchange. Consumers generally need only share their names and car insurance information. It’s unnecessary and could be risky to share additional information like driver’s license numbers and home addresses.

The WreckCheck App – available on your IPhone from Apple; or on your Android Phone from Google – walks you through the step-by-step process of creating you own accident report. It also provides tips for staying calm, safe and smart on the road, and makes it easy to capture accident photos and collect the necessary information to file an insurance claim. Additionally, the app lets you email a completed accident report directly to yourself and your insurance agent.

Click here to download the FREE Car Accident APP.

 

 

 

 

 


Have you been physically injured as a result of someone’s negligence?

If so, you might have the right to compensation. Knowing your rights, understanding the personal injury laws, and getting the right compensation can be tricky. Not knowing if you have a personal injury claim can be confusing and every case is different, but you can speak with a local attorney about your case and your rights to compensation.

Being injured, physically or emotionally can be a tough time, with medical bills mounting up, taking time off work, and dealing with getting better can be a burden and a financial strain. Connecting with a local personal injury attorney and getting your questions answered could make this time a lot easier. There are many types of personal injuries that can happen when you are harmed by someone else.

If you’ve been injured, or are suffering from a personal injury, a local attorney may be able to help answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.
A personal injury attorney can explain some compensable damages you may be eligible to receive.

Working with a personal injury lawyer can allow you to focus on getting better while they handle your claim and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Call us at: 432-301-9252 and connect with a local personal injury attorney to learn your rights and learn more about your personal injury options.

 

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