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CALIFORNIA TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NOTIFICATION AND ACTION REQUIREMENTS

California requires stopping, notification, identification and other actions and/or assistance by the driver of a car or vehicle involved in an accident resulting in property damage, injury or death.

If you drive a vehicle on a public road, private road, parking lot or any other public or private property, and you are involved in an accident resulting in property damage, injury or death, you must do the following or else be subject to criminal prosecution:


PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY:

If only property damage occurs, you must:

Violation of the above (a-d) can result in up to 6 months imprisonment and/or $1000 fine.

See Vehicle Code Section 20002

INJURY OR DEATH:

If injury or death occurs, you must:

If you have no driver’s license, you must show other evidences of identification to occupants of struck automobile.

But, if death occurs, and no law enforcement officer is at scene, you shall, without delay, report incident to nearest CHP or authorized police authority; and

Violation of the above may result in, as follows:

See Vehicle Code Sections 20001, 20003, 20004, 20006, 20008 and 20010


PASSENGER MUST ACT IN PLACE OF INCAPACITATED DRIVER:

If the driver is physically incapable of reporting accident, then an occupant (passenger) in the vehicle must report the accident.  See Vehicle Code Section 20010.

 

THE ABOVE LAWS APPLY TO BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY:

"When the Legislature intends to make its motor vehicle laws apply on private property it does so in clear language. Thus section 20000 of the Vehicle Code uses the term "highways and elsewhere throughout the State, unless expressly provided otherwise." … (People v. Stansberry, 242 Cal.App.2d 199, 202…) O'Donnell v. Mullaney (1967) 66 Cal.2d 994. See also Vehicle Code 360 (defining “Highways”)


DUTY TO REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES:

In most cases, you must additionally report your motor vehicle accident to the California Department of Motor Vehicles within ten (10) days after the date of the accident.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a traffic accident, contact Christian lawyer, Matthew B. Tozer at (949) 863-9445 for a free consultation.

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