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What To Do After Suffering an Injury in a Hit-and-Run Accident

Injuries after a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and Run Accidents Can Be Recovered: Contact Us to Get the Compensation You Deserve

A hit and run accident with an injury – when a driver who caused an accident flees the scene – can leave victims in a challenging legal position. It can also be incredibly frustrating for victims to not be able to identify the person who caused them harm. Sadly, hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in California and across the country.

If you have been injured in an accident where the driver fled the scene, contact a legal expert today. At Adamson Ahdoot, we understand how frustrating this situation can be. We understand that victims may not know how to proceed.

With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve. Call us today at (800) 310-1606 or submit your inquiry online for a free case review.

Let us help you find out who is responsible for your accident injuries.

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“Hit and run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction.”

Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Why Would a Driver Flee the Scene of an Accident?

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a hit-and-run crash occurs approximately every 43 seconds in the U.S. The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that more than 737,000 hit-and-run incidents occurred in just one year. Of those accidents, there were over 2,000 tragic fatalities. This represents the highest number of fatalities on record for hit-and-run crashes.

It may seem unthinkable to flee the scene of an accident after hitting another driver or pedestrian, but in most cases, the act of fleeing is almost always intentional. Although there are rare situations where a driver does not realize he or she struck someone or an object, in most cases, a driver is fleeing because they don’t want to be caught.

Some of the most common reasons a driver may leave the accident scene are:

The victim suffers physically and financially when a hit-and-run driver flees after striking the vehicle. Although hit and run cases can be difficult to litigate, it may be possible to recover compensation for damages associated with a serious injury.

But what can you do to increase your chances of obtaining financial recovery? Read on to learn how to recover expenses related to injuries and damages from a hit-and-run accident.

A hit-and-run car after being involved in a collision.

Don’t Leave the Accident Scene

Although it may be tempting to want to go after the driver who hit you, do not leave the scene of the accident. It is a criminal offense to leave the scene of an accident resulting in property damage, personal injury, or death according to California Vehicle Code Section 20002 and 20001. Even if you are the victim of the accident, it is against the law to leave the crash scene.

First, make sure that everyone involved is okay and has received medical attention. Next, call the police to report the accident. Give the authorities as much information as you can. Also, it’s important to remember that, if you think you could suffer an injury, do not refuse medical help.

Gather as Much Information as Possible

We know it can be hard to stay calm after an accident, especially if there are injuries. Do your best to stay calm and take a moment to collect your thoughts. Then, if you’re able to get up and walk, we recommend writing down as much information as you can remember.

Do you remember the license plate number of the driver or perhaps the model of the car? Do you remember how the driver drove away or what the driver was wearing? Write down anything you can remember about the driver, the vehicle he or she was driving, and any other information related to the accident.

In case there is a third party in the accident, get their name, number, address, and insurance information. It’s also important to get the third party’s policy and insurance information. Get a copy of the police report, or at least get the report number so you can get a copy later.

Talk to Eyewitnesses

If there were eyewitnesses, talk to them and make a note of what they saw or how the crash happened. If you notice any cameras in the area, take pictures of where they are located. Take pictures of the damage sustained by your car and the accident scene.

Is it Possible to Track Down the At-Fault Driver?

In some cases, it may be possible to locate the at-fault driver. Each state has a different reporting system for hit-and-run accidents, so it’s hard to know exactly how many cases go to resolution. However, rough data from accident statistics across the country show that in many cases, the at-fault driver can never be found or identified.

A driver who looks in the rearview mirror while fleeing an accident.

How Can I Get Compensation if the At-Fault Driver Can’t be Found?

If the driver responsible for the accident cannot be found, how can the victim get compensation for personal injury? In cases where the driver is never identified, you can seek compensation from your own insurance provider.

Keep in mind that the amount of recovery you receive from your insurance company is often limited by your policy limits. In other words, the amount of compensation you receive from your insurance company may not be enough to cover your losses.

In some cases, you may be able to get compensation from a third party. For example, your injury was made worse by a faulty airbag, or you were driving a company vehicle when the accident occurred.

As you can see, there may be more than one avenue for seeking damages. The importance of having experienced injury lawyers like the team at Adamson Ahdoot LLP is critical in a hit and run case. Our experts will explore every possible avenue to ensure that you receive successful compensation.

Our goal is to obtain the maximum compensation possible. As a result of our more than 100 years of legal experience, we have a proven track record of very successful results, helping our clients recover millions in personal injury compensation.

How Can Adamson Ahdoot Help You in a California Hit and Run Case?

Injured in a hit-and-run collision? Don’t suffer any more than you already have. Our team of attorneys knows you may be under a lot of stress, so we want the legal process to go as smoothly as possible.

Working with our extensive network of legal experts, we can accurately assess the extent of your injuries. In doing so, we will ensure that you recover the maximum amount of money for your injuries:

  • Doctor visits
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgeries
  • Medication
  • Physical pain
  • Lost income from not being able to work
  • Personal care costs
  • Emotional anguish
  • Physical disfigurement and scarring
  • Wrongful death

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There’s no need to suffer anymore. Reach our legal team by giving us a call or by submitting a contact form right now. We’ll schedule a time for you to discuss your case in private. There’s no fee for the initial consultation.

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