Car accidents are increasingly common in California. High traffic volume and distracted driving are just two reasons accidents are on the rise. In most cases, these incidents are handled between the drivers and their insurance companies. However, a small number of people flee the scene after being involved in a car accident, which is a crime in all 50 states. If you have been hurt in a hit and run accident, you may benefit from contacting a Glendale personal injury attorney for advice.
If someone flees the scene of an accident, there is most likely a reason. Some of the most common reasons people leave include:
After a hit and run, you may be dazed and disoriented. It is often difficult to gather your thoughts well enough to write down the license plate of the other vehicle involved. However, if you are involved in a Los Angeles hit and run, the case may hinge on the information you are able to provide from the incident, and any eyewitnesses who were present at the scene. Do your best to take note of the make, model and color of the car who hit you so that you can provide that information to authorities. Hiring a Los Angeles PI law firm may be your best chance to find the driver and hold him accountable for your injuries.
In most hit and run cases, the at-fault driver is never found. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying to determine who was at fault. If there are witnesses, speak with them to find out if anyone got the license plate number of the fleeing vehicle. If your accident was near a store front, ask store owners if there is any video footage of the accident that may show who was driving the car. Any information you have may be helpful to your attorney during personal injury litigation if you file a lawsuit.
You may also be awarded punitive damages in a case such as this. These are damages intended to penalize the at-fault party, and to dissuade similar conduct by the public in the future. Therefore, punitive damages are typically steep. Not all cases qualify for punitive damages, but in most cases, leaving the scene of an accident is an intentional act, for which punitive damages may be allowed. Hiring insurance claim experts is one way to be sure you get a fair settlement.
If you were injured in a hit and run that happened in Los Angeles, consider speaking with a Glendale personal injury attorney for advice. Hiring an attorney will increase your chances of obtaining the best possible outcome, and will lessen the stress and anxiety affiliated with the lawsuit. During your consultation, the attorney will examine the facts of your case and will assess the best way to move forward with your claim. It is important to choose a firm with personal injury litigation experience when choosing your attorney, because the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier will certainly have insurance claim experts handling their end of the case.
— Jack Ter-Saakyan, Esq.
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