San Francisco news reports that a man and his dog were struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident late Tuesday in Bay Point. The incident remains under investigation. According to California law, motorists are required to stop as soon as is safe following an accident. The failure to do so may amount to a crime. If the accident involves injury or death then you may be found guilty of a felony if you leave the scene without providing proper contact information (i.e. your name, phone number and insurance information.) The failure to stop where there in only property damage occurs may be a misdemeanor. In addition to potential criminal offenses, hit and run drivers may face civil charges. If the hit and driver is later identified, and found to be at fault for the accident, they may be held responsible for the injuries sustained such as head and neck injuries, back injuries or brain injuries. Further, where fault is an issue, evidence that one driver did not stop may make that driver appear more likely to be at fault, and responsible to pay damages.
For more information or if you have been injured in any type of car accident, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.