2020 City of Sacramento Hit-and-Run Auto Accident Study
After an auto accident, drivers in Sacramento and everywhere in California are required to remain at the scene of the crash. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Failure to remain at the scene is commonly referred to as a "hit and run." Hit-and-runs are illegal and often result in misdemeanor or felony charges for drivers who flee the scene.Sacramento Hit-and-Run Auto Accident Study Data
- 12th Ave
- Fruitridge Rd
- Florin Rd
- Stockton BL
- J Street
While most people understand that you are legally required to remain at the scene of an accident, many people do not know whether to move their car to the side of the road or to leave it in the location in which the accident occurred. The law in California is as follows:
- According to California Vehicle Code 20001 VC: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
- According to California Vehicle Code 20002 VC, "The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists."
This is to say that if the accident resulted in an injury or death to an individual, the motorist must immediately stop the vehicle and have the vehicles remain in place.
If the accident did not result in injury, the drivers are to relocate their cars to the nearest, safest location.What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident
Step 1: Call 911.
The first order of business is to get the professionals on the scene to provide emergency assistance to anyone involved. The police must make an official report with proper documentation. The sooner they collect their report, the sooner a case can be opened for them to start tracking down the other driver.
You will want to provide the police with as much information as you possibly can so that the details of the incident aren’t lost or skewed over time. These details should include the color, size, and make/model (if possible) of the other car and any distinguishing features that you might have noticed about the other car or driver. Also, report the circumstances of the accident.
If possible, ask witnesses and bystanders to provide additional information to create a fully-documented perspective for the authorities.
In addition to the police responders, medical responders might also arrive at the scene to assist with first aid or emergency services.
In the event someone hit your vehicle while it was parked and there is minor property damage, you can fill out an SR 1 form with the California DMV.
Step 2: If You’re Injured, Seek Treatment.
If you are injured as a result of the accident, seeking treatment should be a top priority. Whether you have a broken bone, sore muscles, or just a nagging persistent headache, you should go see a doctor straight away. Not only can delayed treatment worsen your injuries, but it can complicate your personal injury claim. If you delay your treatment, it could look suspicious when an insurance adjuster or judge is reviewing your case.
Step 3: Speak to a Lawyer.
After an accident, speak to an attorney who has experience with Hit-and-Run accidents as soon as possible. On our Sacramento Hit-and-Run Lawyer page, we explain some of the remedies available to victims of Hit-and-Run collisions. We've tracked down Hit-and-Run drivers, helped people obtain compensation from their own insurer, and always explore all recovery options available.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.14.20]