The Law on California Hit and Run Accidents
California has the highest number of hit and run accidents each year. To combat this alarming number, California has enacted laws that hold hit and run drivers criminally liable for fleeing the scene of the accident.
If you are a victim of a hit and run accident, it is imperative that you immediately consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight to locate witnesses, look at surveillance videos, or use other aggressive techniques to help locate the driver who caused your accident.
The Law on Hit and Runs
California laws require all drivers who are involved in an accident to stop at the scene and exchange information with all parties involved in the accident. More specifically, California Vehicle Code 2001(a) states:
“The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Motorists are also obligated under California laws to do what they can to provide assistance to any injured victims. This particular aspect of the law was enacted in response to the facts that in many cases, victims of hit and run accidents suffer fatal injuries because they fail to get necessary and immediate medical attention.
Getting Compensation for Hit and Run Victims
Victims of car accidents have a legal right to hold the negligent party accountable for their medical bills, loss of wages and other related damages. This process becomes complicated when the at-fault party leaves the scene of the accident. If the police are unable to apprehend the hit and run driver, it leaves the victim with fewer legal options for getting the compensation that he or she deserves.
However, just because a hit and run victim has fewer legal options, it does not mean they are left without any. One option the victim may have is to pursue compensation from his or her own insurance provider under their uninsured motorist coverage. With the help of an experienced car accident attorney, the victim can explore all options available in getting the full extent of the compensation he or she deserves.
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If you or someone you love was injured in a hit and run accident, you should consult an experienced Los Angeles hit and run accident attorney at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. Call us toll free at 1-888-848-5084.