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Hit and run accidents are a significant cause of injury and death in California. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) 2020 Annual Report indicated that in 2020 alone there were 18,063 hit and run crashes, resulting in 23,237 injuries. California routinely ranks as the state with the highest number of fatalities in these types of crashes.
California local and state agencies are making efforts to reduce the number of California traffic accidents, including hit and runs. However, the sad reality is that many people in California are still injured in hit and run collisions every year. These injuries impact pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists. Fortunately, even if the driver has fled, it may be possible to obtain fair compensation for the harm suffered as a result of the hit and run.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a hit and run crash in California, the experienced hit and run lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys can answer the questions you have about bringing a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Under California law, a hit and run crash occurs when a driver involved in an accident leaves the scene without fulfilling requirements set by California Vehicle Code sections 20001, 20002, and 20003. A hit and run is committed even if there is only property damage.
Specifically, under California law, a driver commits a hit and run if they:
If an injury or death occurs, the driver and any injured occupant of the driver’s vehicle are also required to, upon request, show their driver’s license to the person struck, to the driver or occupants of any vehicle struck, and to any officer at the scene.
The steps to take after a hit and run are substantially the same as those that should be taken after any California car accident.
A common misconception is that there is no point in getting a hit and run victim attorney if the driver that caused the crash got away. This is untrue. It may still be possible to recover compensation through Uninsured Motorist (UM) insurance coverage or another source.
The best hit and run victim attorney is one that focuses their practice on personal injury law and has experience working not only on motor vehicle accident lawsuits but specifically on hit and run cases. You may want to consider a law firm with multiple attorneys who can assist with your case. That way, each attorney can draw from the collective experience of the firm.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of prospective hit and run attorneys! Good ones will be happy to answer your questions about their experience, past outcomes, case process, and anything else you want to know.
As California personal injury attorneys, hit and run lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no money out of pocket initially and the hit and run lawyer only gets paid if they obtain compensation for you through settlement or a trial. The attorney then takes a percentage of the amount recovered to pay for their services.
The experienced California hit and run lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys have helped many crash victims obtain compensation, even when the party that fled was never found. If you are looking for a hit and run victim attorney, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
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