Glendale Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers
Injuries sustained in an automobile accident can be serious, life-threatening, or catastrophic, with consequences that impact the rest of your life. When a hit-and-run driver decides to leave the scene of an accident, the injured victim must pursue compensation through their own insurance – which can prove to be challenging at best.
Unlike some other states, California is a “fault” state – the at-fault driver’s insurance is responsible for compensating the victim for damages. When the at-fault driver has not stopped and rendered aid as is required by law, your options are limited to seeking compensation through your own insurance. Our experienced Los Angeles auto accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates are very familiar with how insurance companies work – and we know how put legal pressure on insurance companies in hit-and-run injury cases.
People leave the scene of an accident to avoid the police. Hit-and-run drivers may flee the scene due to:
- Undocumented, fear of deportation
- No vehicle insurance
- Suspended or revoked license
- No license
- Drunk or drug intoxicated
- Carrying a weapon illegally
- A warrant for arrest already exists
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, and when caught, may be filed as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the accident. The police will try to apprehend the hit-and-run driver and will interview you and other eyewitnesses to acquire information. If the driver is found, your case could be resolved more easily – the fact that the person fled already implies guilt and fault for the accident. However, the responsible driver may not have insurance, even when apprehended.
The first step is and always will be to seek medical care, as your life and the lives of your passengers are the top priority. However, as much as you can, you should follow these steps:
- Take note of anything you can recall about the offending vehicle – color, make, model, license plate (even partial), what direction they were travelling – anything you can recall can assist in apprehending a hit-and-run driver.
- Call 911 for emergency medical care and assistance from law enforcement.
- Ask witnesses to stay and give a report to law enforcement.
- Take photos of the accident and surroundings.
- Speak to the police when they arrive, proving a factual and straightforward account of what occurred.
- Call your attorney as soon as possible, before speaking to any other party, including your insurance company.
In a hit-and-run accident in California, you cannot simply file an insurance claim unless the driver is caught, or you have purchased uninsured motorist coverage. In California, an estimated 15.2 percent of drivers are uninsured, as reported by III (Insurance Information Institute), putting law-abiding drivers at risk. Whether you have uninsured motorist coverage or are seeking compensation for damages from your own policies, you are facing an uphill battle. Insurance companies engage in various tactics to attempt to reduce the value of legitimate claims. A personal injury lawyer familiar with now insurance companies operate can help you achieve the level of compensation you deserve.
A full review of your insurance policy can reveal ways our legal team can force the insurance company to pay your fairly. Our knowledge of personal injury law, hit-and-run accidents, and the strategies that work allows us to file a claim supported by evidence to negotiate a fair settlement – or face a trial in civil court. Our legal team is well-known for being aggressive and talented in court – and for causing the insurance company defense lawyers to be inclined to settle fairly, rather than risk a jury verdict.
The value of your case will depend on the severity of your injuries and those of your passengers. Where severe or life-threatening injuries occur, compensation is usually much higher. Many of our clients are compensated for:
- Medical bills (both immediate and long-term)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Wrongful death compensation (when a loved one is killed in a hit-and-run)
Our auto accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, are here to help you make it through the difficulties in a hit-and-run injury case. We have over 20 years of experience defending the rights of victims and aggressively pursuing the maximum in damages. We believe that victims should be treated with compassion and be provided with the assistance needed to recover fair compensation after a hit-and-run accident. Contact us today at (818) 507-4311 for a free case analysis.