Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving personal injuries is a hit-and-run, and it’s a crime anywhere in California. Victims are left to deal with severe injuries along with the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the fleeing driver. At Maison Law, we provided dedicated legal representation of the highest quality to victims of hit-and-run crashes anywhere in California.
California Leads in Hit and Run Accidents
According to the most recent ascertainable statistics from AAA, there were 337 hit-and-run deaths in California in 2016. That number led the nation. Most of those hit-and-runs involved bicyclists and pedestrians as victims. The 337 fatalities were 60% higher than 10 years before. The state was 7th in the nation in the number of hit-and-runs.
Hit-and-Run Accident Injuries
When the occupants of two vehicles are involved in a hit-and-run accident, injuries might range from minor to severe and permanent. They might include concussions, neck injuries, other spinal injuries, and displaced joints.
When vulnerable and unprotected bicyclists and pedestrians are involved in hit-and-run accidents that injuries are usually more severe. Those injuries can include open and penetrating skull fractures, fractured vertebrae and ribs, damage to internal organs, rib and hip fractures, and arm and leg fractures. These are the types of injuries that are often permanent.
Damages in California Hit-and-Run Crashes
In a minority of cases, police eventually locate a hit-and-run driver. If that driver can’t be found, there is no target defendant, and the injured victim or surviving family members of a decedent are left without an opportunity to seek compensation for their damages.
That’s the purpose of uninsured motorist insurance. When a victim of an accident who has uninsured motorist insurance is injured or dies from injuries suffered in a crash that was caused by a hit-and-run driver, that victim or the decedent’s surviving family can pursue compensation for damages like the following:
- Past and future medical bills.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Pain and suffering.
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability.
- Diminished enjoyment of life.
- Funeral and burial costs in the event of a wrongful death along with other substantial damages.
Contact Maison Law Today
After being seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver, you might believe that you won’t have an opportunity to pursue compensation for your damages. You’re not necessarily out of options, especially if you or a member of your family who was a resident of your household carried uninsured motorist insurance.
This isn’t a simple insurance claim with your own insurance company though. That’s because your insurance company knows that it’s in for big financial exposure. You’re likely to be treated with suspicion and disdain.
At Maison Law, we have extensive experience in the representation of clients in a wide variety of uninsured motorist claims and lawsuits. If you are an injured victim of an accident that was caused by a hit-and-run driver anywhere in California, call us or email us, and we’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review. Upon learning about what happened and how it happened, we’ll be pleased to answer your questions and advise you on any legal options that you may have. You might still be eligible for compensation for your damages.