Many people who have no history with crime have ended up being charged with misdemeanor hit and run or felony hit and run due to their not realizing their actions after a car accident were considered criminal.
California Vehicle Code 2002 requires you 1) stop immediately at the scene of an accident. This code requires 2) that you provide your name and your current address. Remember, if you are driving a car that belongs to someone else, you legally must provide the owners name and address also. 3) If requested, you must also provide your driver license and the vehicle registration. While not required by code but ultimately will be required for you to provide is the auto insurance information of the vehicle involved in an accident. Some California drivers have believed that they only have to provide this information to a highway patrol officer or police officer and not to other citizens as they claim they have a right to privacy. California law requires this information be provided to private citizens with whom we are involved in an accident with. Failure to do so is considered a criminal action.