Unfortunately, motorcyclists in California know that hit-and-run motorcycle incidents are not uncommon. Once a motorcyclist is safely out of harm’s way after a hit-and-run, he or she may have many questions about what to do next. Faced with injury, damage to their motorcycle and lost work time, they may accrue mounting debts. Without another identified driver involved in the accident, they may feel like they have limited recourse.
The State of California Vehicle Code requires drivers who are involved in an accident to stop at the scene and provide accurate personal contact information, driver’s licensure information and their vehicle registration number. Drivers who injure or kill a motorcyclist may be subject to stiff fines and possible jail time, but a judge has discretion in the case to lower the penalties based on the circumstances. However, drivers who fail to stop are subject to the same stiff penalties, including fines of up to $10,000, and may also have a prison sentence of five years added to the other consequences.
As CBS8.com reports, when someone leaves the scene of a crash, such as the recent accident that injured a motorcycle officer, law enforcement is often able to apprehend drivers who are suspected. In that particular case, witnesses played a key role in the identification and arrest of one of the two occupants of the car that struck the motorcyclist. Although it is not yet known whether he was the driver or the passenger of the vehicle, he remains in custody, and the investigation of the collision continues to ensure that everyone involved is held responsible.