Truck Hit & Run Accident Info

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Trucking Hit & Run accident attorneys in California

Commercial truck drivers are not the types of motorists we assume to be involved in hit and run accidents, but these incidents do occur in California. In some cases, it is entirely possible that a truck driver had no idea that a portion of their very large vehicle was involved in a crash.

Many other cases, however, involve a driver’s personal reasons for not wanting to stop at the scene of an accident. A driver may not have been properly licensed. Perhaps they were under the influence of alcohol or an illegal or prescription drug.

After any hit and run accident in California, you should always contact a local law enforcement agency and let them handle the apprehension of the offender. Never attempt to chase down a hit and run driver on your own.

California Hit & Run Truck Accident Lawyer

If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a hit and run truck accident in California, you deserve justice. The May Firm will fight to make sure that you obtain every last dollar of compensation you are entitled to.

Our firm has seven offices around California, including locations in Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Chula Vista, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Bakersfield. You can have us discuss your rights during a free consultation as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online.

California Hit & Run Laws

California Vehicle Code § 2003 establishes that a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person must give their name, current residence address, the names and current residence addresses of any occupant of the driver’s vehicle injured in the accident, the registration number of the vehicle they are driving, and the name and current residence address of the owner to the person struck or the driver or occupants of any vehicle collided with. This information must also be given to any traffic or police officer at the scene of the accident.

A driver is also required under this statute to render to any person injured in the accident reasonable assistance, including transporting, or making arrangements for transporting, any injured person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary or if that transportation is requested by any injured person. Upon request, the driver must also exhibit their driver’s license or any other available identification to the person struck or to the driver or occupants of any vehicle collided with or any traffic or police officer at the scene of the accident.

Under California Vehicle Code § 2004, a driver involved in any accident resulting in death of any person must, without delay, report the accident to the nearest office of the Department of the California Highway Patrol or office of a duly authorized police authority and submit with the report the information required by California Vehicle Code § 20003. California Vehicle Code § 20001 states that a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury to another person or in the death of another person must immediately stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident and fulfill the requirements of California Vehicle Code § 20003 and California Vehicle Code § 20004.

A violation of California Vehicle Code § 20001 is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison or county jail for up to one year and/or a minimum fine of $1,000 up to $10,000. If the accident results in death or permanent, serious injury, hit and run is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for a minimum of 90 days up to one year and/or a minimum fine of $1,000 up to $10,000.

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Types of Hit & Run Accident Injuries

While a truck driver may have left the scene of the crash, the people left behind may have suffered extremely severe injuries in the collision. The families of people killed in these accidents can file wrongful death lawsuits, but the individuals who sustain nonfatal injuries can also be entitled to compensation for their various damages.

A few examples of common injuries in hit and run truck accident cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Muscle strains
  • Paralysis
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures

An insurance company for the truck driver or truck owner is going to do whatever it can to minimize what it pays you for your injuries. Agents for these insurers may contact you and go out of their way to seem friendly and concerned, but you need to know that this is all an act and you must remember that everything you tell an insurer can and will be used against you.

For this reason, you must avoid providing any recorded statements to an insurance company. Instead contact the May Firm and let use deal with the insurer for you.

Contact a Carriage Hit & Run Accident Attorney in California

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a hit and run commercial truck accident in California? You need to keep in mind that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action, so waiting too long could prohibit you from recovering anything.

The May Firm will quickly get to work and can take care of all the legal legwork involved in your case. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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