Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and Run Accident Lawyers in California

California has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in hit and run car accidents. Additionally, California ranks number one in hit and run fatalities in the U.S. As a public safety issue, the numbers seem to be moving in the wrong direction and increasing each year.

Steps After a Hit and Run Accident

If you were involved in a hit and run accident, you are likely overwhelmed, scared, and possibly injured. Here are the steps you need to take immediately and in the following days and weeks after a hit and run accident.

  1. Immediately After the Accident. If possible, move your car to a safe location away from traffic. Check to see if there are any injuries and contact 911 immediately. If the other party left the scene, it is imperative to get a police report to document the hit-and-run accident for your insurance company. A police officer will create an official police report of the incident and an ambulance will provide emergency medical care for anyone who needs it. Attempt to provide as much information to the police officer as possible. If you can remember the make, model, and color of the car that left the scene of the accident, along with any unique identifying marks, such as bumper stickers or dents, it will help with the investigation.Additionally, if you were able to obtain the license plate number or anything related to the driver’s appearance, remember to tell the police officer so that they can include it in the official report. An important tip is to have the police officer truly investigate the scene of the accident. Oftentimes, a paint chip or a broken-off piece of the other driver’s car can be useful to the investigation.  Always request that the officer make a complete report of the hit-and-run accident.
  1. Following the Accident. Always seek medical attention if you are injured. This will also document your injuries as diagnosed by a medical professional for your insurance carrier. Your next step is to file a claim with your insurance company. California’s statute of limitations allows you up to two years to file a claim for a hit-and-run accident, but the sooner you file a claim the better.If you have uninsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on your auto insurance policy, you can recover damages for your injuries from your own insurance carrier (without it affecting your insurance policy costs) in a hit-and-run accident as long as you immediately filed a police report documenting the hit-and-run accident.  It is imperative that you file a police report at the time of the hit-and-run accident.  California law requires that your insurance rates cannot go up after a documented hit-and-run claim.

What is a Hit and Run Accident?

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.

An Orange County Attorney Experienced in Hit and Run Cases

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.

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Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

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Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

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