Hit and run accidents can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, they appear to be happening with increased frequency in our great state. According to the most recent California Highway Patrol traffic report, there were over 140 fatalities and 19,000 injuries reported as a result of hit-and-run collisions statewide. The same report shows that in Los Angeles County alone, traffic accidents claimed 530 lives and caused over 50,000 injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in an auto accident of any kind, reach out to a skilled personal injury lawyer to assist you in fighting for your legal rights, including financial compensation.
Hit and runs are against the law
It is against the law for a driver responsible for an auto-related accident to flee the scene of the accident. This includes bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Indeed, CA Vehicle Code 20001 clearly (a) states that “the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to another person, other than himself or herself … shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” Additionally, California law requires drivers involved in an accident to share pertinent information with other parties; such as address, driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance information. This information must be factual, meaning that the person cannot provide you with fake or incorrect information in order to ‘get out of’ dealing with insurance, etc… for causing a car accident. You need to contact an experienced hit and run accident lawyer in Los Angeles if you are involved in a collision with a driver who fled the scene or provided you with false information.
Financial recovery after a hit and run
A common concern many victims of hit and runs and/or other auto accidents face is about money and financial recovery. Financial compensation for injured victims of hit-and-run accidents does exist. Contact a skilled Los Angeles trial lawyer who will fight to ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected to learn more. Skilled accident lawyers will be able to address your potential case and advise you on issues such as how a car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is not apprehended or where the driver is uninsured or underinsured.
For more information on financial recovery in hit and run accidents and to speak with personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles who will fight for your rights, contact the Ghozland Law Firm today for a free consultation.