We recently wrote about the increase in hit-and-run incidents happening the Los Angeles county area, and the news stories and tragedies keep on rolling in. A Lime scooter rider was recently hit by a young man in a pick-up truck, and was later pronounced dead. Fortunately, the accident was seen by a local police officer and as the truck sped off after hitting and reversing over the scooter rider, he was arrested. The driver was held on a $2 million bond.
As we’ve previously gone over, the law states that anyone involved in an accident must:
- Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property they hit, even if damage is minimal.
- Present his or her driver’s license, and vehicle registration.
If someone does decide to flee the scene of the accident, they are then involved in a crime. Hit-and-run accident repercussions are exponentially more than a minor fender bender consequence would amount to. Average hit-and-run violations, fines, jail time and more are:
Misdemeanor hit-and-run consequences:
- Imprisonment for up to six months; or
- A fine up to $1,000; or
- Both of the above
Felony hit-and-run consequences:
- Up to four years in prison; or
- A fine up to $10,000; or
- Both of the above
As we’ve seen in the above incident, the fines and fees vary greatly depending on the specifics of the crime. There are cases where people are completely unaware that they’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident. However, as we know from the police officers eye-witness account, the driver was fully aware of the collision.
It is never acceptable to leave the scene of a crime, especially when you know you’ve played a role in the accident. If you have questions about a hit-and-run case that you’ve been involved in, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Offices of Thomas Pattenaude. We will help you and your family with your case, and support you on the road to compensating your recovery.