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When Is A Car Accident Considered A Crime?

When Is A Car Accident Considered A Crime?

After any car accident on Los Angeles’s busy streets, there’s probably a police officer on-scene. Sometimes, a car crash could be considered a crime. You may be wondering, when is a car accident considered a crime?

Rest assured that — in most cases — car crashes in Los Angeles are civil concerns, but a Los Angeles car accident lawyer says there are exceptions!

How a Car Crash Can Become a Crime

Most car accidents are civil matters in which the party whom the police officer determines to be at fault receives a citation. The accident is usually the result of driver error, such as failing to correctly interpret a traffic signal. Sometimes, drivers in a hurry rush to catch a light or fail to make a complete stop. These actions can prompt a collision but are rarely done with the intent to cause harm.

In some cases, a car crash may be the result of a more serious offense. Drivers may face criminal charges for reckless actions that can put others’ lives in danger. This recklessness shows such extreme disregard for the well-being of others that California State Law deems it appropriate to file criminal charges against the perpetrators.

Drivers in Los Angeles may face criminal charges for the following:

1. Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of any substance which can impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely is a serious offense. Most people assume a DUI occurs when a driver has had too much to drink; however, drivers have also been charged with DUI for driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana or prescription medications.

If you have been in an accident contact Fair Cases Law Group for a free consultation. A free consultation means you can get a better idea of what your claim might be worth without any cost to you.

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2. Hit-and-Run

Either party in a car accident — the at-fault driver or the other driver — may face a criminal hit-and-run charge when he or she strikes an object, another vehicle, or a pedestrian or cyclist and fails to identify him or herself and render aid to the injured party. A hit-and-run may be a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the outcome of the accident. Penalties may include fines and incarceration.

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3. Reckless Driving

Traffic laws in all fifty states address reckless driving. Reckless driving is a broad offense that encompasses any driving behavior which endangers others. A person may lose their driver’s license temporarily or permanently and face fines and jail time for reckless driving.


If you’ve been involved in a car accident, the attorneys at Fair Cases law Group have years of experience representing the interests of Los Angeles personal injury victims and have a proven record of recovering fair compensation. For more information, call (833) 324-7111.

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