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California Hit and Run Injury Accident Lawyers
A hit and run accident is where two cars collide and one car fails to stop at the scene of the accident to exchange information.
Hit and run accidents are becoming an epidemic in today’s world because of a variety of factors; the economy, illegal immigrants who are unable to obtain legal drivers licenses, stricter laws which allow peoples drivers licenses to be suspended easier, etc.
Hit and Run is a Crime
Generally there are numerous reasons why a driver might decide to flee the scene of an automobile accident, including fear, no insurance coverage, no driver’s license, as well as being intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Occasionally, it is even due to distraction. But irrespective of the motive, leaving the scene of an accident, whether or not this causes property damage, personal injury, and/or death, is against the law.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001-20002 (Hit and Run Accidents in California)
Under California law, it is illegal for any driver involved in an accident which causes damage to property, or injury or death to someone other than him- or herself, to depart the scene of the car accident. Doing so carries a prison sentence and/or a hefty fine.
CHP Hit and Run Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were 15,611 hit and run collisions in 2009. Of those, 15,439 caused personal injury and 172 resulted in fatalities. Further 2009 statistics reveal that:
- The majority of fatal hit and run accidents were pedestrian-vehicle accidents;
- The majority of personal injury hit and run accidents were rear end accidents, with a total of 5,248, accompanied by broadside collisions, with a total of 3,048;
- An overall total of 185 victims were killed in hit and run accidents;
- A total of 20,260 victims had been injured in hit and run collisions; and
- 7,415 hit and run victims were injured in rear end accidents, the top injury-causing hit and run crash type.
How to Protect Yourself from Hit and Run Drivers
The best and most sure way to protect yourself from a hit and run accident is: (1) Always wear your seatbelt; (2) Make sure you have comprehensive and collision insurance coverage; and (3) Make sure you have a hefty Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury insurance policy.
The reason for the seat belt is obvious.
The Comprehensive and Collision insurance coverage will cover the repair cost of your vehicle up the fair market value of your vehicle no matter who is at fault in the accident.
The Uninsured bodily injury policy will cover you for all out of pocket expense related to the injury such as medical bills, loss of wages, etc.; it will also cover your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
Some Insurance Companies will not cover Hit and Run Accidents
In many hit and run accidents, the person who has hit you, takes off before you can get the make, model, or license plate number of the car. Many insurance companies will not cover you under your Uninsured Motorist/Bodily Injury (UM/BI) policy, unless you are able to identify who hit you so that they can determine whether they have insurance or not.
We recommend that you only go with an insurance company that does not have this requirement because of the proliferation of hit and run accidents.
In some cases witness statements and/or a police report will be sufficient enough evidence for an insurance company to compensate you under your UM/BI policy.
Competent Legal Representation You Can Depend On In the event that you have already been injured by a hit and run driver, or have lost a loved one, in a California hit and run accident injury accident, the dedicated California Hit & Run Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Norman Gregory Fernandez & Associates can help.
We are committed to ensuring that hit and run accident victims and their families receive the compensation they need for not only their current expenses but also any future losses. Insurance companies make money by unjustly denying claims or not paying them in full.
Our lawyers are experts at dealing with insurance company tactics and have the skills and resources to protect you and your family from deceptive or unlawful attempts to deny you rightful compensation. Call us today to tell us more about your particular case at (800) 816-1529.
Hit and run accidents, which often involve driving under the influence associated with alcohol or even drugs, cause tens of thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the USA and thousands of injuries and deaths in California.
The unfortunate reality for the victims of a hit and run accident in California is that of thousands of hit and run accidents every year in California, the victims of these accidents is the fact that many hit and run drivers will never be held responsible for their negligence or their crime.
Injured victims will have to endure pain and suffering in addition to struggle with mounting financial debt as a result of the medical expenses and lost income. The family members of a hit and run wrongful death victim must deal with even more serious losses, such as funeral expenses, permanent loss of future earnings, and loss of consortium.
Compensation for Hit and Run Accident Victims
Though compensation is available for hit and run accident victims as well as their families within the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage of their auto insurance policy, it is not easily obtained; partly because the accident itself must meet specific requirements, such as physical contact with the hit and run vehicle; and additionally because insurance providers are notorious for evading full payment on an insurance policy or even plain denying legitimate claims. Even if the insurance company pays out on the policy, the amount of compensation may not be sufficient to fit the victim’s recuperation.
You may call us for a free consultation on your California Hit and Run Injury Accident Case 24 hours a day at 800-816-1529 x. 1.