Maison Law of Fresno protects the victims of hit-and-run accidents and makes sure they receive the support they need to recover. Injury compensation is available even when a hit-and-run driver escapes and is never located and arrested.
You can discuss your options to secure support in a free case consultation with a real Fresno car accident lawyer. Our free case reviews are confidential and they come with no obligation. Contact us today.
Fresno Hit-And-Run Car Accident Dangers
A Fresno car accident on a busy road like Blackstone Avenue is already a scary experience. Another shock can come in the aftermath if the at-fault driver hits the gas and speeds away from the scene.
A hit-and-run accident is a cruel act that is hard to defend. The driver responsible can leave behind injured victims. If the accident scene isn’t quickly discovered by someone else, those hurt can wait extra time for medical attention until someone comes along to call 911. Victims of hit-and-run drivers, especially pedestrians, might also be left at risk of getting hit by other drivers who are unaware of what happened.
Hit-and-run motorists, if unidentified, also leave victims and their families to cover the costs of expensive medical care and car repair expenses. Victims can wonder if there’s any way to seek justice if a suspect is never located and apprehended.
There are options for victims in a hit-and-run accident to secure support. A Fresno car accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for your hospital bills and for fixing car damage.
How to Get Compensation After a Hit-And-Run Accident
If you are sideswiped on Highway 99 or rammed from behind on Shields Avenue and the driver responsible speeds away, you do have options for getting help.
If the hit-and-run suspect is caught and arrested, you’ll be filing an accident claim against the driver’s car insurance company. You may file this claim as soon as you are ready. You wouldn’t have to wait on the outcome of a criminal hearing. Your case is a civil claim that is decided separately from the criminal charges of hit-and-run.
If the driver is apprehended and it’s found that the suspect fled the scene because the driver didn’t have insurance, you shouldn’t get overly worried. If you likely can’t get any support from the hit-and-run driver, you can seek help by filing a claim against your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
You would deal with your own car insurance company to secure support. But it’s important to note that your insurance provider can still try to limit the support you get and leave you paying some bills out of your own pocket. A Fresno car accident attorney steps in to negotiate with an insurance company to make sure you and your family receive the compensation you need to rebuild your lives.
Can I Get Accident Compensation If a Hit-And-Run Driver Isn’t Caught?
Yes. Hit-and-run victims would need to file an uninsured motorist claim against their own car insurance policy. This claim would help them get support for medical bills and help to replace lost income while a victim was out of work.
Uninsured/Underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage comes with most car insurance policies. It’s not mandatory to have it in California, but in most cases, you’d have to sign off to have it removed from your policy.
This is why you pay your car insurance premiums for uninsured motorist coverage. You are covered in case an uninsured motorist hits you or a driver causes you to crash and then flees the scene, never to be seen again. Without uninsured motorist coverage, these situations could quickly leave you bankrupt.
Compensation Available to Fresno Car Accident Victims
Whether you have to seek financial support from your own auto insurance provider or from an at-fault driver’s policy, you’ll be asking for full compensation for several factors.
Every hardship you and your family face must be clearly listed in an accident claim. Anything left off can end up as a bill you’d have to pay out of your own savings. That’s unacceptable after someone else’s mistake caused your injuries and left you with an undrivable car.
A skilled Fresno car accident lawyer would make sure every damage you’ve endured receives consideration when negotiating the size of an accident settlement check. Your lawyer would also seek support for things you may not have known could earn compensation.
- All current medical expenses and the cost of care expected to be needed in the future.
- Physical pain and emotional trauma in the accident and during recovery.
- Compensation for a loss of enjoyment of life.
- Compensation for a loss of consortium (the loss of intimacy with family members).
- Travel costs getting to and from doctor’s visits and surgery consultations.
- Car repairs or replacement.
- Past and future lost earnings and benefits.
- Wrongful death benefits. Families who have lost a close relative can file a wrongful death claim to receive support with burial expenses. They’ll also seek help with making up the income the victim can no longer provide close relatives.
Contact a Fresno Car Accident Lawyer After an Accident Involving an Uninsured Driver
Contact a Fresno Car Accident Lawyer to find out what your injury is worth and how to hold an insurance company and others fully accountable. There are benefits available to Fresno hit-and-run victims, even if a suspect escapes justice.
Take advantage of a free case consultation from Martin Gasparian, the founder of Maison Law. This evaluation comes with no obligation to you or your family. If you do feel we can help you earn more, you won’t need any upfront money. We don’t get paid unless your case is won, and then our fee comes out of the settlement money you receive.