A hit and run accident is an accident in which the driver of a vehicle leaves the scene of the accident without stopping to identify themselves to either the other driver or the police. California law requires that the drivers of all vehicles in an accident identify themselves.
Some examples of a hit and run accident are as follows: someone hits a parked car and does not leave a note with identification; someone rear-ends another vehicle in traffic and drives away; or someone is involved in an accident and leaves the scene without providing “reasonable assistance” to those needing medical attention (such as calling the police and requesting an ambulance) or identifying themselves.
It is important to note that whether a driver is at fault does not matter, any driver leaving the scene of an accident can be charged with a hit and run offense.
If you were injured in a hit and run car accident, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. If the fleeing driver is not found, there are still legal options available to you to receive compensation, such as your own uninsured motorist (UM/UIM) auto policy. Because these hit-and-run claims with your own insurance can become complicated, it can be imperative to hire an experienced attorney to handle the uninsured (UM/UIM) motorist claim.
Our experienced attorneys can negotiate with insurance companies and represent you in court if they fail to provide you a fair settlement. For a complimentary consultation of your case, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Easton & Easton at 800-461-8259 today.