Hit and run accidents can be devastating for bicyclists. Not only can they suffer extensive injuries in these types of accidents, but it also seems that there is nobody to hold responsible for any damages, with the at-fault party fleeing the scene.
A hit and run accident is a serious traffic offense in California. If a victim suffered injuries, the hit and run offense is even more serious. California Vehicle Code section 20001 states that “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.” The code further states that a person fleeing the accident scene can incur prison time and fines.
Unfortunately, if you have suffered injuries due to someone else who then left the scene of the accident without exchanging details, you could find getting compensation for your injuries and property damages challenging. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to see if a Los Angeles hit and run accident lawyer can help you. We provide free case evaluations to find out what your legal options are if you were hurt in a hit and run accident at (800) 794-0444.
Hit and Run Accident Compensation
Compensation in hit and run cases, if you find the driver, can be similar to other personal injury cases. Depending on your unique case, you could receive compensation covering:
- Hospital and other medical bills
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
You may also receive other compensatory awards, depending on your specific case.
One of the main differences between a personal injury lawsuit in an “ordinary” accident, where all parties remained at the accident scene, and a hit and run accident is that a driver has arguably shown reckless and egregious conduct by leaving the scene.
The reckless conduct of a hit and run driver is even worse when a victim suffered extensive or life-threatening injuries, and the driver willfully left the scene without any regard for the victim’s wellbeing. In this instance, a plaintiff might be more likely to receive punitive damages in addition to any compensatory damages.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. We can determine whether you have a case and what you could do next.
When Police Cannot Locate the Hit and Run Driver
In some cases, it is possible, with the help of eyewitnesses and police, to eventually locate the at-fault driver in a hit and run accident and hold them accountable for their actions. However, an obvious complication with a personal injury case in a hit and run accident arises when the driver remains at large.
Although this can be challenging, you may still be able to claim compensation, even in cases where police cannot locate the at-fault party instantly. You may be able to obtain some help with your injuries and losses through your car insurance, even if you were riding a bicycle at the time of the accident.
Another option to try out is applying for relief under California’s Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB). While hit and runs are not on the list, it is considered a “serious crime,” and it might be worth applying. CalVCB also helps the families of vehicular manslaughter victims. So if your loved one died in a hit and run accident, you could get compensation.
Consulting a Los Angeles hit and run accident lawyer can help you discover your options and the next best steps in these challenging cases.
For a free legal consultation with a hit and run accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Accident
Just as in any accident, your priority in a hit and run should always be to get medical assistance. It can also be crucially important to call the police to give a statement and tell the officers everything you can remember about the accident, the car, and the driver responsible for your injuries. If you can write down the details of a license plate, even a partial match, the police may be able to track a driver down sooner.
If you can, take photographs of the accident scene and your property damages, which can also be important evidence later on. Obtaining contact details of any witnesses at the accident scene will also be extremely helpful for your case against a hit and run driver.
Contacting a hit and run accident law firm as soon as you can, to help with assessing your options, can also be helpful. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will be able to advise you regarding insurance claims and legal options for your case. While insurance companies will try to minimize payouts and might deny claims, we will work in your best interests.
A Los Angeles hit and run accident lawyer can be by your side and not only try to help you with obtaining compensation for your present losses but also aim to protect you from any future medical bills and liabilities. We understand that it can feel frustrating and aggravating to be stuck with your injuries and mounting bills, while the perpetrator of the accident seemingly got away. Do not forget that there is a real chance the driver will be found. In the meantime, you could prepare for legal action.
There is no risk for you as we do not charge attorney’s fees until we win your case, resulting in a settlement. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for a free consultation regarding your hit and run accident at (800) 794-0444.