What Is a Hit and Run Accident?
A hit and run accident is any accident in which a driver intentionally leaves the scene without providing contact information or render aid to anyone who might need assistance.
A hit and run accident is considered to be a serious criminal offense. If you are a victim of a hit and run accident, we recommend that you to call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm immediately in order to protect your interests. Injuries sustained in a hit and run accident range in severe and immediate medical care that must be performed by EMTs at the scene of an accident. In a hit and run accident, it is not uncommon to undergo long-term rehabilitation.
- What To Do After A Hit and Run Accident
- What Our Firm Can Do for You
- Full Compensation for Your Injuries
- Examples of Common Hit and Run Accidents
- Hit and Run Accident Facts
- Why you need to hire Hit and Run Accident Lawyers
What To Do After A Hit-and-Run Accident
If you’re the victim of a hit and run accident, who has been injured and/or received property damage, you’re likely experiencing immense distress. However, you’ll be better off, if you remain as calm as possible and collect as much details as you can, regarding the incident.
Because, having more information, heightens the likelihood of law enforcement officers catching the driver who injured you. In addition, having such information will enable our hit and run attorneys to seek maximum compensation possible for your injuries and property damage.
If possible, you should always try to gather the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle that hit you and/or your property.
Plus, you should try to find-out if there are any witnesses to the incident and request their contact information to testify on your behalf.
Prior to leaving the scene of the accident, you should also try to collect the following information, to the best of your ability, including, the time and location of the incident; photos of the scene; and if property damage occurred, take photos of your vehicle and all property that was damaged.
What Our Firm Can Do for You
Because of the high density of vehicles in the Los Angeles area, hit and run accidents are an unfortunate occurrence. The most common cause of hit and run accidents are from drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road or surroundings. Despite that accidents are common, fleeing from the scene of a hit and run accident is a serious criminal offense, that will provide evidence of negligence in a civil trial for damages against the negligent party. Our personal injury attorneys are determined to see that you will receive maximum compensation from the negligent party for all medical costs, expenses, and lost income from work due to the accident.
Private investigators are employed by the firm to get appropriate evidence and facts against the negligent party that are going to be presented in court. Background checks and investigations may determine a history of dangerous or negligent driving habits by the party that is liable. Our engineers are able to recreate the scene of the accident and provide video evidence of the events that took place to support your point of view in the case. Testimonials obtained from witnesses and professionals are used to make certain that your timeline of events and testify to the seriousness of the victim’s injuries.
No Win, No Fee
All representation by Wilshire Law Firm is done on a contingent fee basis, requiring that payment of fees only after a settlement is won in your favor. For our clients who do not have health insurance, contact a personal injury attorney immediately to ensure that the proper care and treatment is received to ensure a fast recovery of your health. Our accident lawyers begin work right away on your case to ensure any necessary medical treatments are available for our clients. Medical services are performed by licensed medical professionals at a medical facility and are available to you regardless of the cost or duration of treatment.
Full Compensation for Your Injuries
Many types of injuries can occur during vehicle collisions. Because of the unexpected nature of a hit and run accident, sometimes there is a delay before receiving medical assistance, victim’s injuries are often severe. Our attorneys demand full compensation for expenses caused by injuries that include:
To moderate the effects of the pain and suffering endured by our clients that were victims in an hit and run accident, all negotiations with insurance companies and counsel for the negligent parties are completely managed by our experienced accident attorneys. The hit and run accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm understand the legal terms, technicalities, and nature of claims of compensation and reimbursement, which ensures the best interests of our client’s needs. Our legal counselors are available to travel to your home or hospital in order to discuss your legal options and answer any questions you may have in the negotiation process, with you comfortably resting and focusing on the recovery of your health.
The firm is also more than prepared to pursue any form of legal action against all parties negligible to ensure that a favorable compensation is obtained for you, our client. Our attorneys are motivated and compensated to attain the most favorable resolution for you and, therefore, make every effort and apply every legal tool and tactic at their disposal to secure your fair compensation. Wilshire Law Firm practices honest and ethical standards while providing effective and aggressive representation of our clients.
Examples of Common Hit and Run Accidents
The following scenarios are examples of frequent hit and run accidents:
- The driver hit a pedestrian inflicting severe injuries and left the scene, due to anxiety, driving under the influence, having a suspended license, or another driving offense. And, thus, he or she likely wanted to run from receiving multiple convictions.
- The driver hit a parked vehicle and chose to leave the scene — to avoid being charged with serious property damage.
- The driver ran over someone’s pet and fled to dodge taking any responsibility.
- The driver hit a parked emergency vehicle and fled to avoid being charged.
What if the driver who hit you is not caught?
If law enforcement officers can’t find the driver who hit you or your property, you can use your own car insurance to cover the medical costs of your injuries and damage to your property – this is known as uninsured motorist coverage. Given that you paid a premium on your insurance, you are automatically entitled to using your uninsured motorist coverage. For questions about using your uninsured motorist coverage, contact a hit and run attorney at Wilshire Law Firm to explain your rights.
Hit-and-Run Accident Facts
Los Angeles is the hit and run capital of the United States. Although hit and run accidents have become more prevalent across America, they’re an epidemic in Los Angeles. According to research published in the Los Angeles Times, there are 20,000 hit and run accidents every year in the Los Angeles area. Most hit and run accidents in Los Angeles result in property damage, rather than personal injuries. But personal injuries from hit and run incidents are usually VERY severe and require immediate medical treatment.
The Los Angeles Times reports the following, out of all the hit and run accidents across Los Angeles in 2014:
- 20,000 hit and run collisions a year
- 27 people were killed
- 144 people were severely injured
- Only 1 in 5 hit and run accidents are ever resolved by law enforcement officials
In addition, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) claims hit and run incidents contribute to 9 percent of fatal and injury collisions.We Help Accident and Injury Victims
Our clients come from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. They’re sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, students, business owners, workers, and so on and so forth. Some of them live in major metropolitan areas, while others live in small towns and cities. However, differences aside, they all come to us for the same thing: to receive high quality legal support in the pursuit of justice and compensation for injuries caused by another party.
Many of our clients bring car accident and motorcycle accident cases to us, but our firm is not limited to auto accidents. As experts in the field of personal injury law, we confidently handle a wide range of cases, including construction accidents, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation injury, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and more.–>
Contact Our Experienced Hit and Run Accident Lawyers Today
If you or someone you know was injured in an accident involving a hit and run driver, please contact Wilshire Law Firm at (800) 522-7274. Our dedicated staff is on standby, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Last Updated: 02-20-2017