If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, contact a California hit and run lawyer today. Car accidents can often be very stressful situations, but when that car accident becomes a hit and run, the situation becomes even more traumatic. Unfortunately, hit and run cases are not that uncommon, and could pose serious consequences for both the perpetrator and victim.
All drivers have obligations when they are involved in a traffic accident. Some simple requirements are that if you are involved in a traffic accident you must stay at the scene until the proper authorities arrive. If the accident involves an injury, an unharmed driver is typically required by state law to contact emergency services. It is necessary for the people involved in the accident to exchange contact and insurance information. Obviously, these obligations require that someone involved in the accident stop and not leave the scene, and if they do, that is when the collision is then considered a “hit and run”. If you are the victim in a hit and run accident, it is very important that you still inform the proper authorities. Proper documentation of the collision may be necessary for compensation of damages.
If you’re involved in a hit and run accident and see that the driver who hit you isn’t stopping, you must act fast if you want to have a chance of identifying them. First, try to look at the vehicle as it leaves the scene. Gathering as many details, such as color, make, and model of the vehicle, is going to be critical in potentially identifying the responsible party. If there were any witnesses in the area, ask them for their contact information. You can provide that information, plus the details you gathered on the car, to the police when they arrive. The more information you have, the better, as your insurance company may need that information as well. Many insurance companies may require notification of a hit and run within 24 hours, so it is important to move quickly if this has happened to you. The information from witnesses is going to be important in corroborating your recollection of the incident if the driver is identified. The driver who caused the accident is sometimes identified after a hit and run accident, and often faces some sort of criminal charges. Beyond the criminal charges, a personal injury attorney will help you to prove liability of the other driver for you to receive compensation. Proving liability is a highly technical process that requires a skilled personal injury lawyer like the ones found at Edelman Law Center.
The personal injury attorneys at Edelman Law Center will
Collect Evidentiary Support:
You are going to need evidence to support that you were injured, and the extent of the injuries sustained, in a hit and run accident. If you are not familiar with the process of proving a hit and run case, then what you may consider evidence might not be acceptable to insurance companies or court proceedings. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will know how to gather evidence that supports your claims and the facts of the situation. They will be able to educate you on exactly what information is necessary for your case.
Deadlines and Communication:
If you were injured in a hit and run accident, then it is probable that you will be recovering from your injuries for an extended period of time. This can make it difficult to do the necessary steps or work to sustain your claim. A personal injury attorney can help you meet deadlines and/or respond to communications. This may include management of communication from insurance companies, responding to legal filings, and making sure correct documents are filed with the courts on time.
Some victims of hit and run accidents never see the responsible person again. In this instance, the only way to get compensation is through an insurance company. Insurance companies are known to go to great lengths to make the process of receiving compensation as difficult and tedious as possible. Without representation, you could come across aggressive insurance representatives, unsatisfactory settlement offers, or deceptive tactics or practices. Insurance companies do not profit from paying victims, so it may be likely that you encounter a representative that is aggressive or that may give you the “runaround”. Having legal representation to communicate with insurance companies can highly decrease this from happening, in turn ensuring that deadlines are met, and proper documentation is completed on time. Most personal injury (including hit and run accidents) claims today do not result in a court battle. Most are settled outside of court, so it is highly important to have proper representation during negotiations. Negotiating with an insurance provider, attorney or legally responsible party can become drawn out. It is easy to fall into a trap or be coerced into an unfair settlement. The experienced attorneys at Edelman Law Center know the tactics that are used during these negotiations. Having representation can potentially speed up the negotiations process and get you the fair compensation that you deserve through a settlement. A personal injury attorney at Edelman Law Center will be able to stop unfair insurance tactics and seek fair compensation. When seeking punitive damages, it is very important to consult a highly skilled personal injury attorney. Seeking damages for medical fees, medical devices, or future treatments that may be necessary requires extensive legal training and knowledge. It is also likely that insurance providers use language that many may see as deceptive. There have been circumstances where a victim does not fully receive the compensation they deserve, simply due to not fully understanding words or terminology that insurance companies use in their communication. This can be seen as a deceptive tactic or practice and requires a well-educated personal injury attorney to deal with.
At Edelman Law Center our team of personal injury lawyers has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of victims of negligence. We understand how difficult a personal injury case can become and our goal is to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, contact us today. 877-897-7228
Here at Edelman Law Center we are prepared to answer any legal questions you may have concerning your case. We offer completely free and confidential legal consultation and case evaluation from one of our trusted California personal injury lawyers. Schedule your consultation by calling toll free: 877.897.7228