For too long, courts in the state of California have been too lenient on hit and run drivers that cause accidents, serious injuries, and even deaths. Yes, hit and run drivers face possible prison sentences and fines of $1,000.00 or more, but such punishment is rarely enforced. Most hit and run drivers are not caught, and for those that are caught and prosecuted for misdemeanor charges, those charges are usually dismissed as part of a deal when the victim and the driver agree to a financial settlement. These settlements are usually paid by the driver's insurance company, effictively letting the driver off the hook for the criminal act of fleeing the scene of a hit and run injury.
A New California Bill May Tighten Restrictions on Hit & Run Cases
Assemblyman Steven Bradford has introduced Assembly Bill 2673, to prohibit the use of a civil agreement in misdemeanor hit and run collision that results in injury or death. According the LAPD statistics, between 2008 and 2012 approximately 16% of all injury collisions in Los Angeles were due to hit and runs. Hit and runs are a matter of public concern, beyond the specifics af any specific collision or the indviduals involved. Crimes like hit and run collisions have a significant effect on society and require meaningful consequences for those that commit them in order to deter other criminals. The safety of every man, woman and child who use our streets and sidewalks is undermined by a system that lets hit and run drivers off the hook and allows their insurance companies to bail them out.