Hit & Run: Property Damage

Ventura Traffic Offense Attorney

California has some of the most stringent requirements related to “hit and run” accidents. In California, it is a misdemeanor to leave the scene of an accident in which another’s property is damaged without providing the required identifying information. The California “hit and run” statute applies whether or not another person is injured.

If you are involved in an accident where someone’s property is damaged, you must immediately stop and provide your name and contact information to the person whose property you have damaged. If they request the information, you must also provide your driver’s license and registration. This provision applies even if you are not responsible for the accident.

If you are involved in an accident and the other parties are not present, you must leave a note with your information and an explanation of what occurred AND you must report what occurred to your local police department or the California Highway Patrol. It does not matter that the damage is minimal or that no one is injured. Failure to report such damage is a crime.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a “Hit & Run” accident contact the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch today for a case evaluation with a Ventura traffic offense lawyer.