Q: I accidentally let go of the brake in my car causing it to hit the gate of the parking structure, is that a hit and run?

The manager & owner of the apartment complex want to call the police and say it is a hit & run. I offered to pay for the repair, but they don't want to do it that way. What should I do?

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: if while driving your car you cause damage you have to leave word on how to contact you.

Yes, technically it is a Hit and Run.

i assume your position is that you didn't see any damage and would not have known who to contact.......unlike hitting a car and leaving a note for the owner.

any note you would have left on the gate would probably have blown away.

contact a local criminal lawyer asap........if it is reported to the police, maybe your lawyer can talk them out of sending it to the DA or talk to the filing deputy DA.

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