Hit-and-Run Accidents: Violations of California Law
If someone in another vehicle causes an accident, we expect them to stop and help. After an accident, everyone involved in the auto collision should make sure others are okay and stay at the scene of the crash to exchange information. But sometimes the party who causes the collision leaves the scene of an accident anyway. This in violation of California law, which requires persons operating a motor vehicle to stop and exchange information after an auto accident.
A person who has caused an accident and then flees the scene may be charged with a misdemeanour or a felony depending on the circumstances. Police reports show that there are many accidents in which the at fault party flees the scene even though it is against the law. After someone leaves an accident, the victims who are injured in the crash sometimes fail to file a claim because they think there’s no way for them to achieve justice and receive money damages for their injuries. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, you are eligible for full compensation. So work with an experience attorney who knows how to handle these types of cases like Ryan L. Maughan, Esq.
Insurance Claims and Legal Support
Hit-and-run car accidents are a big problem in California. They happen every year and they make up a disturbingly high fraction of all accidents that result in a fatal injury. The California Vehicle Code requires that drivers involved in an accident must stop and give information about themselves. They must give their name, address, phone number, driver’s license, and insurance information. If the driver of the car leaves the scene of an accident in California without providing this information, then they are breaking the law. The punishment for this is serious and can result in jail time. Despite the legal consequences, people are still causing accidents and attempting to flee the scene. When they do this, it is usually more serious than other car accidents because in addition to the injuries, lost time from work, and other damages associated with an accident, now the victims and the police are tasked with finding the person responsible.
After someone leaves an accident, the individuals who are injured from the crash frequently choose not pursue a claim under the mistaken belief that there is no chance at compensation. However, even though the responsible party cannot be located, victims of hit-and-run accidents may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries and other losses through their own insurance. Additionally, if the driver who caused the accident has coverage, but it is not enough to compensate you, then you or your lawyer may be able to file an underinsured motorist claim through your own insurance company.
If you have been in a hit-and-run accident, you might be struggling with obtaining justice when dealing with the insurance company. Ryan L. Maughan will evaluate your case and demand the insurance company pay a fair amount for your damages, pain and suffering. Call today for a free consultation. 949-503-9035.