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A car accident can happen to anyone at any time. Responsibility is very difficult to prove, even if your vehicle was the one that was hit. However, what happens when someone flees the scene of an accident? California law treats hit-and-run situations severely and convicted parties may suffer heavy fines and even six months of jail time.
California considers most hit-and-run instances as misdemeanors, but the consequences can be much worse if someone is killed as a result or if the at-fault driver was intoxicated. These charges may be upgraded to a felony, depending on the severity of the case.
There are several reasons why a driver may choose to leave the scene of an accident instead of accepting responsibility. For example, a driver might be driving without insurance coverage and could be afraid of facing penalties, which can be quite serious. Also, the driver could have been driving a borrowed car that he or she did not ask permission to drive. Finally, the worst case scenario could be that the car itself was stolen.
Regardless of the type of car accident you were involved in, it is strongly recommended to write down what you remember. This includes times, locations, and road or weather conditions. Please take photographs and video of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, and any injuries that you suffered.
Another recommendation is to visit a doctor as soon as you can. Unfortunately, if you don’t seek immediate medical attention, whether the other driver fled or not, the other party’s insurance company will likely argue that you weren’t hurt. A medical record will ultimately help strengthen your claim and recovery of financial compensation.
If you were involved in a hit-and-run, please do your best to write down or take photos/videos of the offending driver’s license plate number. It is possible that this may be enough to successfully a claim. It is also helpful to document the make and model of the vehicle, as well as any identifying details, such as decals, scratches, or anything like marks, scratches or details that can help police track the person down that individual in case they flee from the scene of the accident.
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles or surrounding areas as a result of an accident, a personal injury attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, loss of consortium, emotional distress and pain and suffering. We have offices in Glendale, Bakersfield, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Riverside, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Woodland Hills, and Solana Beach. Our offices specialize in:
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