April 27, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported that a hit and run car crash killed three people on the 91 freeway. The deaths occurred after a Mazda collided with a Chevrolet and erupted in flames. A tractor trailer may have also been involved. The driver of the Mazda lost control and swerved across several lanes, cutting in front of a tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor slammed on the brakes. The Mazda was then struck by a Chevrolet. The tractor pulled over to the right shoulder for a few minutes, but then drove away. California Highway Patrol reviewed the video of the incident and stated that it doesn’t appear that any of the parties involved were at fault. The CHP believes that the driver of the tractor may have more information on the accident. If the tractor was involved in the accident, the driver may be charged with hit and run.

Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001, the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision must immediately stop at the scene of the accident and give his or her information to the police officer at the scene of the accident, or to the occupants of the other vehicle if requested, and/or report the accident to local authorities. If someone was injured in the accident, the driver must also provide reasonable assistance
Hit and run consequences can be severe. Hit and run can be a felony. Felony hit and run punishment if a death was involved can be imprisonment in state prison for up to four years, or a fine of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both the imprisonment and fine.

If you or a loved one is facing a hit and run charge, it is important that you speak with an experienced hit and run attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our hit and run attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling all types of traffic cases. Our attorneys will defend your rights and fight to get you the best possible result in your case. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us on our website at www.wklaw.com. You can also read our Hit & Run section to find out more information. We will be there when you call.

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