Hit and Run
While they may not be as common in other areas of the U.S., hit and run accidents can occur at any time in Los Angeles, given the fact that people make their way from one destination to another by driving, walking, riding bicycles or motorcycles, and other forms of transportation. This type of accident is not at all uncommon in Orange County and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, when you are the victim and have sustained injury, not knowing who hit you can be extremely stressful. Can you obtain compensation, and if so, how?
At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles hit and run accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of these types of accidents recover the full damages you deserve. We know that those who hit someone else and flee the scene of the accident are usually frightened, or are attempting to get away with the crime - and it IS a crime. In California, it is now illegal for motorists to flee the scene after causing a collision. Those who do not remain at the scene of an accident they caused will face a minimum of one year in jail if caught, and sometimes longer depending on the situation.Recovering Damages When You are a Hit and Run Accident Victim
Whether you are a pedestrian who was struck by a car, a motorist who was struck by another driver, or a motorcyclist, you deserve financial compensation for not only the cost of your injuries, but property damage, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. You may be uncertain as to whether you actually have a claim. This is where we can help! Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are highly experienced and familiar with these types of accidents. We will work with you to determine what steps should be taken in order to recover the damages you deserve.
To ensure you have the best chance of securing fair compensation, there are a few things you should do if possible.
First, if at all possible, take a photo of the motorist who is fleeing the scene with your cell phone. If you can get a license plate number or the make/model of the vehicle, it will make it easier for police to track the driver down.
If there is no possible way to capture a picture, write down every detail you can remember about the accident right away. Can you remember what the driver looked like, the color of the vehicle, or a portion of the license plate? Every detail can help.
File an accident report with police, including all of the details you remember. Police can often find the perpetrator of the hit and run accident if they have a vehicle make or model, color, or other information as they may see a similar vehicle on the roadways with tell-tale signs that it has been in an accident, such as dents or scratches.
Contact your insurance company. While it is vital that you include this important step, be aware that your own insurance company may not make it easy to secure the damages you are entitled to. If you have an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy, it may cover your losses. Insurance companies frequently attempt to limit or even deny claims, focusing first and foremost in protecting their own financial interests. Our attorneys are skilled and aggressive negotiators who will work directly with your insurance company to ensure you are reimbursed for costs related to your injuries. If your claim is denied or delayed, we are also skilled in the area of bad faith insurance claims.Contact The Justice Firm Today
While it may seem impossible that you could receive justice when injured because of a hit and run driver you may never see again, we will work diligently to ensure you are not left with the financial burden of medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses which are the direct result of the accident and your injuries. When you need a capable Los Angeles hit and run accident lawyer, count on The Justice Firm for results. Contact us today at 310-914-2444.