Hit & Run Injury Attorneys in the Greater Sacramento Area
Dedicated Representation for Car Accident Victims in California
At Caraway Injury Attorneys, we have guided numerous clients to successful financial settlements. Car accidents can cause serious injuries that require extensive medical treatments. These injuries may include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, and internal hemorrhaging. If you have been injured, and the other driver fled the scene, we can provide diligent legal services to help identify and seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
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California Laws Regarding Hit & Run Accidents
In all 50 states, fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. This means a driver convicted of a hit and run may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the situation. A hit and run accident occurs when a driver hits another vehicle, pedestrian, or property, and leaves the scene without providing identification or aid to the other parties involved. Typically, misdemeanor hit and run charges are filed for accidents involving property damage, while felony hit and run charges are filed for accidents involving injuries.
Under California law, a driver must stop and exchange insurance information with another driver after an accident, no matter how minor the damage is. This law applies to all situations involving car accidents, regardless of who is at fault. However, some drivers flee the scene without providing aid or information to the other parties involved.
Drivers may flee the scene of an accident if:
- They are drunk
- They do not have insurance coverage
- They are illegal immigrants
- They are driving without a license, or with a suspended license
- They are driving a stolen car
- They are transporting illegal drugs or stolen property
Whatever the reason, driving off without stopping after an accident is punishable under the law. However, identifying the at-fault driver can be difficult, especially if the victim did not get a good look at the driver’s face or the license plate number of the vehicle. That is why it is important to obtain experienced legal representation after a hit and run accident. Our Greater Sacramento car accident lawyers have a thorough knowledge of the California legal system, and we can work hard to help you seek a financial settlement for a hit and run accident.
How to Pursue Compensation for a Hit & Run Accident
Since hit and run offenses fall under criminal law, it is important to file a police report right away. Locating and identifying the hit and run driver can help you obtain compensation for vehicle damage and medical bills. After a hit and run accident, there are several things you can do to help locate the driver responsible.
After a hit and run crash, write down everything you can about the incident. This may include:
- The make, model, and color of the vehicle
- The license plate number of the vehicle
- The time and location of the incident
- The contact information of any witnesses
- The physical description of the driver
However, if you are unable to remember the details of the driver’s vehicle, you may still be able to find the driver in other ways. You can talk to witnesses who may have gotten a look at the driver, and you may also ask local businesses to check their security camera footage to see if the driver can be identified. Having the assistance of a knowledgeable injury attorney can help you pursue all avenues for locating the driver.
What If the Driver Cannot Be Found?
If all avenues of investigation are exhausted and the driver cannot be located, you may still be able to obtain a financial settlement from your own insurance provider. In the state of California, uninsured motorist property damage coverage (UMPD) cannot be used to cover vehicle repairs from a hit and run accident. However, you may still use uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage (UMBI), personal injury protection, medical payments coverage, and general collision coverage to obtain a settlement through your insurance company.
Passionate Representation for Victims of Hit & Run Accidents
Caraway Injury Attorneys tenaciously fights on behalf of clients injured due to the negligence or reckless actions of others. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, our dedicated lawyers can conduct an investigation and guide you through the legal process. We can request police reports, talk to witnesses, and gather documentation from the scene to help determine who is responsible. We know you are going through a stressful time. That is why our Greater Sacramento personal injury attorneys strive to handle the legal issues so you can focus on healing.
Call our office today at (916) 655-5555 to discuss your case with one of our compassionate legal advocates.