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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”.

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Accident in Pleasanton, CA

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How Can a Lawyer Can Help You in an Accident?

Accidents How can a lawyer can help you in an accident?  Let’s say the victim caused an event that happened because they forgot to do something.  But they didn’t do it on purpose.  Accidents happen every day. It’s defined as an event that occurs by reason of an act or omission of a person but without the element of voluntariness, or it happens by pure chance.

 

We see the results of unexpected events every day here at Odessa Law Practice because accidents happen every day.  Almost every person has caused one or two (most likely more) and it is usually not a big deal. However when an accident causes substantial injury, damage to property or death, then it becomes a big deal. This article will discuss accidents in general and how a lawyer can help you help yourself prior to, during, and after an accident.

Accidents

Who or What Caused the Accident?

This cause can be segregated into a root cause (main cause) and subsequent cause. Knowing the root cause of the accident helps one determine who to blame and who not to blame.  More importantly, who to make liable in case of the accident. For example, Mr. Aaa and Mr. Bee were arguing over the second floor veranda. Mr. Aaa shoved Mr. Bee which caused the latter to run into the flower vase on the ledge and knock it over.

 

Then, the flower vase bashes the head of Mr. Cee – who was just a passerby. Of course you will say that Mr. Bee was the one who actually touched the vase but common sense will dictate that the root cause of the accident was Mr. Aaa,  who shoved Mr. Bee, without which the latter would not have ran into the flower vase.  Click here to see how a lawyer can help you in an accident.

 

What Is Insurance For?

The next question – from a lawyer’s point of view is “Is there adequate insurance coverage for the injury, damage, or death?”

The operative word here is “adequate” because in some cases, the damage or injury is too great or the insurance is too small to cover the entire cost. In this case, the person at fault or if unknown, the persons involved will be made liable, subject to reimbursement later on. For example, if Mr. Zee’s car insurance only covers a maximum of $20,000 per accident but the repairs for the damage property is $25,000 then Mr. Zee has to pay out of his own pocket, the difference.

What Can A Lawyer Do?

The discussion above is pretty basic and in most cases an accident involves a lot more facts and issues so the case may get complicated. This is the reason why most individuals hire a lawyer, to sort things out and determine whose fault it is to begin with. Attorney Gerald Fugit will make sure that everything is sorted out for the insurance companies so you have:

• Zero liability or at the very least minimal liability, as the accused;
• Maximum awards and satisfaction on to the punishment of the person at fault, as the accuser.

 

What if it was Your Fault?

Then the more you need a lawyer. This is because you need to make sure that all your rights are safeguarded. In that, you are made liable only for what you should be made liable and not made liable for more. Attorney Gerald Fugit will:

• Explain your rights and obligations;
• Go about defending your cause to the full extent of the law;
• Make sure that whatever liability given to you is the absolute minimum.

You Need Attorney Before You Sign Any Paperwork!

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