California Hit & Run Accident Lawyers

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Hit & Run Accident Attorneys in California

What is a hit and run accident?

A hit and run accident is an accident where one of the drivers involved in the accident leaves the scene of the accident without providing any information to the other driver(s) involved. A common example is someone backing into another car, causing damage to the other car, and then driving off without leaving any insurance information behind. Occasionally, a hit and run accident may take the form of a driver striking a person. Accidents involving a pedestrian versus a vehicle are hands-down the worst hit and run cases that The May Firm handles because pedestrians stand little change against a chunk of metal traveling at a high rate of speed. Unfortunately, drivers that hit people often panic and fail to think clearly. Many car vs. pedestrian accident victims are left to pick-up the pieces while dealing with the challenges of holding the party responsible for their hit and run accident accountable – that’s where The May Firm comes in to help.

If you cause an accident by colliding with another driver or a person, you are at fault and owe it to the other people to rectify the situation. Leaving the scene of an accident is cowardly. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, you should be able to recover compensation for the damage to your vehicle and any injuries that you suffer.

Hit and run accidents in California are criminal

In California, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging insurance information. Vehicle Code section 20002 makes it a misdemeanor for someone to cause an accident involving property damage and leave the scene without informing the property owner. California Vehicle Code section 20001 is much more serious; it states leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injury or death is a felony. Technically, even a victim could be held criminally liable for leaving the scene of an accident. If you are involved in an accident, call the authorities and remain at the accident scene until you are cleared to leave by appropriate authorities.

If an at-fault driver flees the scene of an accident, he or she could potentially be charged with a hit and run offense, as well as a number of other offenses based on the facts of the case. For example, someone who drives drunk and flees after he or she hits another car, might be prosecuted for hit and run as well as driving under the influence. These charges can become more elaborate with steeper penalties if someone is injured in the process. Depending on what the at-fault driver is charged with and convicted of, you might be able to use some of this information in your own civil case if you choose to sue for damages.

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, look into whether the at-fault driver is being prosecuted criminally for misdemeanor or felony hit and run, as well as any other related charges. If the at-fault driver is convicted, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney about how this conviction may or may not affect your civil case.

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Tracking down the at-fault driver in a hit and run

In order to file a personal injury suit against the at-fault driver who damaged your vehicle and/or caused you injury, you will need to track them down. In short, you need to know who they are in order to sue them! There are some steps that you can take to increase the possibility of finding the at-at fault driver, which include:

  • Calling the police as soon as possible
  • Taking photos of the at-fault vehicle, if possible
  • Identifying the color of the at-fault vehicle (which can be determined if some of its paint is left on your car)
  • Identifying the make and model of the at-fault vehicle
  • Documenting the license plate number (or as much of it as you possibly can) of the at-fault vehicle
  • Documenting a description of the at-fault driver
  • Contacting any witnesses to the accident who are on the scene to obtain their names, contact information, and their version of events – they may have seen something you didn’t!
  • Asking surrounding buildings for surveillance footage, if possible
Seek medical care after any hit and run accident!

If you were the victim of a hit and run accident, you should seek medical care. Do not wait until you get information on the at-fault driver, because you may never get his or her information. Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries can be inflicted by the force of the impact and they may not be immediately detectable. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that your body is in the clear. If you have an obvious injury, it should go without saying that you need to get it checked out.

Call The May Firm

The experienced personal injury attorneys at The May Firm have successfully litigated numerous hit and run accident cases. We know how to put together the fragments of information that our clients are able to obtain in order to conduct a deeper investigation of the at-fault driver.. We also recognize how stressful it can be to file and handle a civil case when you’re dealing with the financial and physical repercussions of a hit and run accident. Let us take that stress off your shoulders!

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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