If you are involved in a vehicular accident, the law requires that you stop. Drivers who continue on without stopping are liable for hit-and-run charges, even if they were not at fault, and even if the only issue is cosmetic property damage.
Though drivers are required to stay at the scene of an accident, they should never tell the other driver or the responding police officer that they believe they are at fault. Any admission of culpability could be used against a driver in court proceedings.
Though cooperating with the police is important, you should not sign papers (other than for traffic tickets), or agree to pay damages, prior to consulting with a lawyer or the auto insurance provider.
For more information on what to do if you are involved in an accident, consult with your lawyer or with your auto insurance agent.
Attorney Douglas Borthwick serves as owner and President of Freeman & Borthwick, a Rancho Cucamonga, California, law firm that offers representation in diverse personal injury, family law, estate planning, and Social Security disability matters. Doug Borthwick frequently advises clients who have been involved in automobile accidents on what to do following the incident.
This article is designed for general information, only. The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.