Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
California is a vast state, and with so many automobiles moving around on the road, hit and run accidents are on the rise. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one hit-and-run crash accident takes place every one minute across the country, and California experiences the most hit-and-run crashes in the nation. In Los Angeles alone, 134 pedestrians were killed in a hit-and-run accident in a recent year alone.
Hit and run accidents occur when you get hit by a car, a motorist, bicycle, or even a truck on the road. The driver, instead of offering you help and compensation, runs away from the scene of the accident. The driver often leaves the scene mainly to avoid liability. Other reasons a driver can leave the scene of an accident are as follows:
- The driver does not have a driving license
- The driver is driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
- The vehicle was stolen or borrowed
- The driver has no automobile insurance coverage
Hit-and-run accidents have increased by more than 10% in the last few years, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report also suggested that about 19% of pedestrians were killed in hit-and-run tragedies.
Hit and run accidents become complicated when the at-fault-party is not available to take accountability. In such circumstances, your insurance may pick up the slack. If your auto insurance policy has uninsured/underinsured coverage, your insurance will most likely cover your damages after a hit and run accident. At Matadores law our experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers will guide you through every step of the way, getting you the best possible results.
Should I Get A Lawyer For A Hit And Run?
Hit and run offenses in California can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. It is considered a misdemeanor with lighter penalties if there is only property damage that is observed. It is considered a felony with higher penalties if the accident involves the injury of a person and damages are extensive. If the at-fault party is caught, they will likely face criminal charges for not staying on the scene and fleeing from the accident.
A hit and run attorney will:
- Interview witnesses
- Investigate the crash site
- Negotiate with your Insurance company to get you maximum compensation for your medical bills, property damage, loss of wages, and other expenses involved in the incident.
Retaining an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney with a proven track record is the best move you can make to win compensation from those liable. Call us today at 323-402-1000 for a free consultation.