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What to Do If You Were Injured in a Hit and Run

Posted on in Personal Injury

California injury attorney, California car accident lawyerHit and run accidents are common and occur when a driver of a car involved in an accident leaves the scene. These drivers have no regard for the people they may have injured or the property they damaged. Hit and run accidents involve other cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. If you have been injured in a hit and run, you are still eligible to receive compensation.

Incidents of Hit and Run Accidents

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in one year in San Jose alone, there were 293 hit and run accidents reported. In Santa Clara County, 400 hit and run accidents were reported in 2013, the most recent year data is available. Officials have said that Los Angeles suffers from a hit and run epidemic.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Is a Crime

Despite how common hit and runs are, they are illegal under California law. The California Vehicle Code, Section 20001(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."

Steps to Take after a Hit and Run Accident

First, you should contact the police or other law enforcement as soon as possible. By contacting law enforcement first, you will give the police the best chance of finding the other driver. You also want documentation that the accident occurred at the time and place that you say it occurred.

Also, you should get the contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident. It is possible that they will remember a detail about the driver who fled. You should also write down everything you remember about the car and driver who ran. These things can help police apprehend the driver.

Contact a San Jose Auto Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver fled the scene, you should seek counsel from an experienced car accident attorney. If the driver cannot be found, it is possible that your insurance will cover your injury and damages. In that case, an attorney can make sure that your insurance company fully compensates you or will take the case to trial. Contact the San Jose motor vehicle accident attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc. by calling 408-246-5500 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.ots.ca.gov/

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=19001-20000&file=20000-20018

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Los-Angeles-LA-Hit-Run-Crash-Investigation-370821201.html

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