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  1. Ken Thomas says:

    Are there any laws protecting drivers who were involved in and run accident where the hit and run driver nor car can be identified?

    1. Diana Aizman says:

      The law requires that for the criminal offense of hit and run, the prosecutor must prove the identity of the driver. If the driver can not be identified, there is no way to charge them with a crime.

      1. Bianca Zen says:

        What if you can have the license plate of the car that hit you but did not see the driver?

        1. Diana Aizman says:

          You would need more than the license plate number to prove the identity of the driver. It may be enough if the registered owner is the only person with access to the vehicle or if they admit to driving in the place of the accident at or around the time it occurred. In other words, they would need more than just the plate number alone. It would have to be coupled with some other evidence of the driver’s identity.

          1. Bianca Zen says:

            I was standing right there when a car backed up into my car and hit my bumper. The driver then drove off fast. I was able to remember their license plate and the color of the car.
            What rights do I have besides calling the cops and reporting the incident since they do not seem to do much?

          2. Diana Aizman says:

            I can’t provide you with specific legal advice and any comment here should not be construed as legal advice nor should it be considered to establish an attorney-client relationship. However, from a general criminal law standpoint: The only thing you can do is make a report to your local police agency. There may be civil actions you can take but as this firm doesn’t handle civil litigation at the present time, I am unable to inform you as to your rights regarding that.

  2. I wad driving home north on Pioneer Blvd around 8:30PM-8:40PM, car speed around 25-
    30 miles an hour, it was raining at the time, as I was traveling the road turned to a one lane
    only, I steered the car to the left and did not see the rode divider and the car went up the
    divider tried to dislodge the car from on top of the divider by steering car to the right, the
    car went up the sidewalk hitting a cinder wall, I was really rattled and scared and left the
    scene, thinking that I can park the car some were else and comeback tomorrow morning
    and talk to the wall owner and have the car towed, Once returned to pick up car it was not
    there, I searched a little more but finally gave up and called local sheriff and found out the
    car has ahold and that I need to contact detective Solario phone 562-623-3585.

  3. Brenda West says:

    a driver hit me like 3 days ago n drove away, i chase him and was able to get a picture of his license plate. The sherrift deputy because my car did not had much of a damage said that he doesnt believe me that my back is in pain even thoug I do have the report of the doctorsnreport and I am on medication. The deputy said that becuase i dont have any paint of the other car in my car that problably the incident was not as bad. howeve i forgot to mention to him that the other truck had like a black plastic bumper and that is problably why i dont have the paint of the other car on my car. i really want this incident to be on the others drivers record because i found out this is not the first time he does these. there were witnesses which i got the information from but the sherrift didnt even mention that he will call them I suggested for him to see outside video of the store that was really close where the incident happen so that he can believe me that I am not lying. is there any way i can get a report and how can i make sure this goes on the drivers record?

  4. Hi, my father passed away 10/2/2018 after being injured by a hit-n-run driver on 11/22/2014. He has been homebound ever since the accident and had numerous physical therapy bills up until his untimely death. A police report collected the license plate number and numerous eye witness accounts on the damage incurred to his personal property and his person. As a family member, what kind of restitution (or justice) is there for his surviving beneficiaries.

    1. Diana Aizman says:

      First, I’m so sorry for your loss. Second: if there is no defendant on whom restitution can be imposed, there may be a way to obtain benefits through the State Victim Restitution Fund. You may want to check with your local District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Coordinator to obtain more information.

  5. Chris M Salabor says:

    I was in an accident that wasnt my fault. The other driver t-boned me from pulling out of a shopping center. We exchanged info but I left before the police showed up. Is this hit and run.

    1. In CA, a hit and run is only when you fail to exchange information. If you exchanged the appropriate information with the other driver, it is not a hit and run per the statute.