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Suspect Arrested in Pacific Beach Hit-and-Run

The McClellan Law Firm

San Diego police have made an arrest in conjunction with a hit-and-run accident involving several parked cars in Pacific Beach.

According to San Diego police, a man was arrested early Monday morning after receiving a 911 call about a possible drunk driver on the 1600 block of South Shores Road in Mission Bay, driving a vehicle with significant front-end damage. The call came in at about 3am, at which point the police responded and made an arrest. They then linked the driver to an incident that occurred around 2am at the 3400 block of Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach, which involved a driver of a Chevrolet that collided with two parked cars and then fled the scene.

No serious injuries were reported in conjunction with the accident, and the charges to be filed against the driver have not been confirmed at this time.

If the driver is solidly linked to the hit-and-run accident, however, he may face criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident and may also be held liable (legally responsible) for paying for the damage caused to the parked cars. The owners of those vehicles will need to pursue claims against the driver to seek financial compensation, which may cover the cost of repairs and also other losses, such as rental car costs. Such damages would likely be paid through the at-fault driver's insurance policy, if he has one.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

In California, drivers must remain at the scene of any auto accident that has caused property damage or injury. Leaving the scene of an accident, also called hit-and-run, is actually a criminal offense that may result in misdemeanor or felony charges and various penalties, including imprisonment and fines. It is important to remember this if you are ever involved in a car accident. There is an exception, however, if you are seriously injured and are taken from the scene by ambulance for emergency medical treatment.

If you are involved in an accident, remain at the scene. Exchange contact and insurance information with any other drivers or property owners who were involved and be sure to call 911 if the accident is blocking traffic or if someone was injured. You should also render aid to others if possible.

In addition to taking these steps, you should try to take pictures of the accident scene, damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle, tire treads and other applicable things. Get the contact information of any witnesses present and be sure to get the names and badge numbers of police officers who arrive at the scene. In dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, you should also remember not to admit fault to law enforcement, insurance claims adjusters or other parties who try to ask you about what occurred. Do not apologize to the other driver or make any statements that may be mistaken as admissions of guilt. This could hinder your ability to recover compensation from the at-fault party in the future.

Another key step to take is to discuss your case with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings and possibly much more, and a legal professional can help you pursue this money in a timely and efficient manner. At The McClellan Law Firm, we offer personal injury representation to clients throughout San Diego who have been involved in traffic accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian or bicycle accidents. Call our firm today for a free case review and find out what steps a San Diego injury lawyer can take to protect your interests.