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A hit and run accident occurs when a driver fails to stop and carry out the procedures required by California law following a crash. It is critical that you contact an experienced hit and run accident lawyer if this happens to you. There are three instances that constitute as a hit and run:
- A driver leaves the scene of a crash involving more than one motorist.
- A driver leaves the scene after hitting a parked vehicle.
- A driver leaves the scene after hitting a pedestrian, cyclist or other road user.
Far too often, law-abiding hit-and-run victims are left to carry the burden of financial ruin and suffering.
Following an auto accident, both parties are required by California law to remain at the scene, exchange insurance information and contact police. The only exception is leaving the scene to seek emergency medical care. Failure to do so can result in misdemeanor charges and a hefty fine. If the accident results in an injury or death of the victim, the driver can be charged with felony hit-and-run and may face incarceration.
Will I be compensated for my losses?
Unfortunately, if an unidentified driver leaves the scene of an accident, there is not much the victim can do to hold him or her accountable. Unless the driver is identified by their license plate, eye witnesses, camera footage, or by any other means, the accident victim is often stuck with limited options.
California law requires drivers to carry liability coverage. That means if you injure someone in an auto accident, your insurance company will cover their losses up to the policy limit; likewise, if someone else injures you, their liability coverage should pay for your losses. If the hit-and-run driver is identified, his or her insurance should pay for your losses as with any other type of accident. However, if the hit-and-run driver is unidentified, then you may face a more difficult battle to recover what you are owed.
A California auto accident attorney can help
In California, unidentified hit-and-run accidents are treated the same as uninsured driver accidents. That is why California mandates uninsured motorist coverage, unless you reject it in writing. Following a hit and run accident, uninsured motorist coverage will compensate crash victims – and their passengers – for medical costs, loss of wages, and suffering.
Since an uninsured motorist claim is filed with your own insurance company, you might think it will be easy to get the compensation you deserve. However, even your own insurance company may avoid compensating you to the fullest extent. They’ll dispute the extent of your injuries, claim a pre-existing condition or use other tricks and tactics to protect their bottom line.
If you’re injured in a hit and run auto accident, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. Failing to do so could limit your chances of getting compensated for your losses. Luckily, an experienced California auto accident attorney can fight to maximize your compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Brian Brandt online or call 800.983.4467 for your free consultation.