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Leaving The Scene

San Diego, CA DUI Defense Attorneys – DUI Crew

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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Usually, after a person has left the scene of a car accident, chances are they regret doing so. There are many reasons that someone might react in a manner that is not their usual behavior. They may have been afraid of the consequences they would be facing. If they were intoxicated, the alcohol/drugs may have impaired their judgment, and they did not want to be convicted of a DUI on top of the other accident related charges. If the accident was a very minor one, they might have not even known that an impact or accident even occurred. Regardless of the reason why they left the scene, all drivers have obligations they have to follow with the privilege of having a driver’s license.

The San Diego DUI attorneys at DUI Crew know what it takes to defend your case. DUI Crew’s expertise lets us spot the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and know the hard questions to ask when defending you.

Stopping at the Scene of an Accident

Under California state law, you are required to stop if you have been a participant in a car accident. If you have fled the scene, it is your obligation to return right away, or you will be charged with a hit and run. Once you have stopped, you must:

  • Find and exchange relevant information with the other driver (contact information, insurance information, registration, driver’s license etc.)
  • If you cannot find the driver of the other vehicle, you need to leave a note on the vehicle with your contact / insurance information
  • File a police report right away
  • If there are any injuries, call 911 and assist at the scene
  • If you failed to perform any of these actions, or have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and were driving under the influence at the time, you may be looking at serious penalties. Contact an attorney at DUI Crew for help.
  • Contact a San Diego DUI attorney at DUI Crew immediately to advise you of your rights if you have been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.


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