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While the streets of Los Angeles are full of diverse life, they also bear witness to hit-and-run accidents that can leave victims facing physical injuries, emotional distress, and financial burdens. There are many challenges posed by hit-and-run incidents. Here’s what to know about pursuing justice and compensation for a hit-and-run accident. 

What is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver involved in a collision leaves the scene without stopping to exchange information or render assistance, as required by law. These incidents can leave victims in a vulnerable position, unsure of how to proceed in the absence of the responsible party.

Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident

If you find yourself involved in a hit-and-run accident, take the following immediate steps:

  1. Call Law Enforcement. Contact the police to report the incident. Provide as much detail as possible about the fleeing vehicle, including make, model, color, and license plate information.
  1. Seek Medical Attention. Prioritize your health and seek medical attention, even if injuries appear minor. Prompt medical documentation is crucial for your well-being and any subsequent legal proceedings.
  1. Collect Witness Evidence. If there are witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information. Eyewitness accounts can be invaluable when seeking justice and compensation.
  1. Document the Scene. Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, and any relevant road signs or signals. This documentation can serve as crucial evidence later.

Insurance Coverage for Hit-and-Run Accidents

California law recognizes the challenges posed by hit-and-run accidents, and insurance coverage may be available through your own policy. Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage can provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage resulting from a hit-and-run incident.

Determining Liability

Law enforcement agencies and investigators may work to identify the responsible party in hit-and-run cases. Surveillance footage, witness statements, and other investigative techniques can be employed to track down the fleeing driver.

Taking Legal Action

Victims of hit-and-run accidents may pursue legal recourse to seek compensation for damages. Working with an experienced attorney is crucial for navigating the complexities of such cases, including insurance claims, identifying the responsible party, and pursuing legal action if necessary.

In cases where the hit-and-run driver remains unidentified, victims may file civil lawsuits against unknown defendants. This legal avenue allows victims to seek compensation through the court system, even if the responsible party cannot be located.

Victim Compensation Programs

Victims of hit-and-run accidents may also explore assistance from victim compensation programs. These programs, established to support crime victims, can provide financial assistance for medical expenses, counseling, and other related costs.

The Attorneys at Ardalan & Associates, PLC Help Those in California Who Have Been Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, it’s crucial to understand your rights and the potential legal remedies available to you. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer can advocate for justice and to hold those responsible accountable. 

At Ardalan & Associates, PLC, our qualified California personal injury attorneys will help to walk you through the process every step of the way. We will fight for your rights. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
P. Christopher Ardalan has been a champion for the people since becoming an attorney in 2000 and establishing Ardalan & Associates, PLC. His practice, rooted in Southern California, emphasizes personal injury law where he, alongside a formidable team, tirelessly advocates for his clients. A Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Law School where he also graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, Ardalan's early legal acumen earned him the moniker “The kid with the golden tongue.” His accolades include numerous mock trial victories, prestigious memberships, and high-profile awards such as being a Litigator Award® recipient and an inductee into ABOTA and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Recognized by both his peers and prestigious legal associations, Ardalan’s relentless pursuit of justice is fueled by a lifelong dedication to learning and a heartfelt commitment to his clients. With a reputation as a seasoned trial lawyer and a compassionate advocate, he finds the greatest fulfillment in making a positive change in his clients’ lives, honoring his role as their voice for justice.