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Hit-and-Run Accidents

Were you injured in a hit and run accident? If so, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit seeking financial damages. You have rights under the law, and depending on the details related to your specific hit and run, you may have a number of legal avenues to explore in pursuit of financial compensation for damages. To learn more about your legal options and to receive expert advice about your right to file a hit and run accident claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the best hit and run accident lawyers in Los Angeles at Dordulian Law Group. Contact us at your earliest convenience to speak with an experienced attorney.

California Hit-And-Run Accident

What is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

What is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Many car accidents are the result of a driver’s careless and reckless behavior while operating a vehicle on the road. A hit and run can be defined as the act of causing a traffic accident and failing to stop or remain on the scene before authorities or, in some cases, first responders arrive. Hit and run perpetrators flee the scene of an accident before victims are able to obtain crucial information that is needed after any car accident such as registration, a valid driver’s license or photo identification, proof of auto insurance, and other critical details surrounding the incident. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents occur frequently in the U.S., impacting drivers in cities large and small.

Why would anyone commit a hit and run? Some common reasons for fleeing the scene of a car accident include:

  • Lack of auto insurance
  • No valid driver’s license
  • Prior incidents (a bad driving record)
  • A criminal record
  • Fear of confrontation
  • Intoxication
  • Fear of punishment for any of the above

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Hit-and-Run Statistics

According to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2018, the U.S. sees an average of 682,000 hit and run incidents per year. Fatalities related to hit and run accidents have increased annually by more that seven percent since 2009. In 2015, there were more than 737,000 hit and run accidents, accounting for more than 11 percent of total traffic accidents. Those hit and run incidents resulted in over 138,000 injuries, and more than 1,800 fatalities. In California, there were 337 hit and run fatalities in 2016 – the highest figure of any state in the nation.

  • Fatal hit-and-runs increased by 44% from 1,342 in 2010 to 1,939 in 2019 — the latest available data. During the same period, the number of hit-and-run fatalities also increased by 44%.
  • Shocking Facts About Hit-And-Run Crashes

    • AAA says the 337 deaths caused by hit-and-runs in CA that year was 60% more than the number of fatalities reported 10 years ago.
    • While the numbers put California atop the nation when it comes to fatal hit-and-runs, the state ranks 7th nationally on a per capital basis.
    • 17% of fatal hit-and-run crashes across the U.S. occurred in California, the largest share of any state
    • 68% of people killed due to hit-and-runs were pedestrians and bicyclists.

    You Could File a Claim

    If you were injured in a hit and run accident, you might have grounds to sue for any damages incurred from the incident. You could pursue a claim and, upon reaching a successful outcome, receive an award for monetary compensation. The amount of compensation you are entitled to following a hit & run accident depends largely on the facts related to the incident, including the severity and extent of any injuries sustained – both in terms of physical injuries and damages to property such as your vehicle and material belongings.

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    Liability in Hit-and-Run Accidents

    Who is liable for the harm caused during a hit and run accident? Liability for hit and run accidents is the same as liability for any other type of auto accident.

    Drivers owe other parties on the road a duty of care. When drivers breach their duty of care (by driving recklessly, for example), they unfortunately cause an alarming number of accidents that can directly result in injury and harm. If the harm that you suffered in an accident can be associated with a breached duty of care on the part of an at-fault driver, the driver could be liable for all related damages.

    Difficulties with Hit-and-Runs

    Unfortunately, hit and run accident claims may be difficult to pursue and prove due to a lack of information available regarding the driver’s identity, and missing specific information such as his or her insurance coverage, registration details, etc. Such evidence is critical when attempting to prove a hit and run case. Although it is possible for hit and run drivers to be identified and claims to proceed smoothly, an investigation on the part of authorities is often required. Even with the assistance of authorities, however, pertinent evidence needed to prove negligence in a claim may never be recovered. In such cases, the injured party has the option to pursue a claim with his or her insurance company. Hit and run accidents are generally covered under collision insurance coverage or uninsured motorist coverage.

    For this reason, it is important for drivers to always keep their car insurance policies current and pay their premiums on time. Doing so can help ensure you are able to recover at least some of the damages incurred during the accident through financial compensation.

    What Should You Do if You Are the Victim of a Hit-and-Run?

    What to Do After a Hit-and-Run in California

    After being involved in a hit and run accident, you should take the following steps as necessary:

    • Seek medical care
    • Take photos of all visible injuries
    • Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident (make sure to include photos/videos of property damage to vehicles and belongings)
    • Note details of the vehicle and driver that fled the scene (vehicle’s make, model, color, license plate, and a general description of the driver)
    • File an accident report with the local authorities
    • File an insurance claim with your insurance company (make it clear that you were involved in a hit and run accident, that you are the victim, and that the at-fault party’s information is currently unknown)
    • Have any property damage formally evaluated
    • Collect records of all property damage
    • Collect witness statements and contact information of anyone who was at the scene and can help corroborate your story, as well as any facts surrounding the hit and run
    • Gather all medical records associated with any injuries suffered in the hit and run accident
    • Seek legal assistance from our experienced and dedicated hit and run accident attorneys immediately

    You Could Recover Compensation for Damages

    Could you recover monetary compensation for the damages resulting from the hit and run accident? If you were the victim of a hit and run accident by virtue of the negligence and recklessness of an at-fault driver, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for:

    • Medical costs
    • Lost earnings
    • Pain and suffering
    • Property damage
    • Punitive damages

    If you are filing a hit and run accident claim as the family member of a decedent, you could also be eligible to receive compensation for:

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    • Funeral and burial expenses
    • Loss of consortium

    In addition to filing a hit and run claim seeking financial compensation for damages, you may also be able to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit if a family member or close relative died following a fatal hit and run accident.

    The type and amount of compensation that you could be entitled to receive following a hit and run accident will depend largely on the facts related to the accident, particularly the severity of any damages or injuries sustained by you, the victim.

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    File Your Claim on Time

    To pursue a hit & run claim against the at-fault party for injuries sustained during the accident, you must act quickly. In order to ensure your claim is valid and able to be considered in a court of law, you must file within the statute of limitations. All affected parties who are interested in pursuing a hit and run accident case must file a claim before the applicable statute of limitations ends. Statutes of limitations vary according to state, so be sure to confirm the specific statute of limitations in the state in which your hit and run accident occurred. If victims are unable to file a hit and run accident claim on time, within the designated statute of limitations, they automatically forfeit their legal right to sue the at-fault party.

    How long do you have to file your hit and run accident claim? In California, hit and run car accident claims fall under the personal injury claims umbrella. Such claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. In addition, the statute of limitations for any property damage resulting from the hit and run accident is three years.

    It’s important to have a basic understanding of any deadlines that apply to your claim, and in order to preserve your right to sue you must be sure to meet said deadlines regardless of outside factors or circumstances. Statutes are hard deadlines enforced under state law, so be sure to contact an expert Dordulian Law Group hit & run attorney immediately following the accident to guarantee that you meet all deadlines and your case is able to proceed towards securing a claim for financial damages.

    Contact Our Firm Today

    Were you involved in a hit and run accident that resulted in physical injury or property damage? If you were the victim of a hit and run accident, you likely have grounds to pursue a claim for any physical injuries sustained. Additionally, you are likely eligible to file a claim for any property damage resulting from the accident. If the hit and run accident led to the death of a family member, you likely also have grounds to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit.

    If you are in need of legal assistance after being the victim of a hit and run accident, you can trust the skilled and experienced attorneys at Dordulian Law Group to handle your claim with dedication and care. Our expert hit and run lawyers will provide you with the best representation available. We have the past success and experience required to pursue and win your claim with confidence, ultimately recovering the financial compensation that you are owed and deserve.

    Contact our firm at your earliest convenience to learn more about your legal rights following a hit & run accident. Our experts are available 24/7 online, or by phone at 800-880-7777.

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