What to Do After a Hit and Run: How a Lawyer Can Help

posted byLA Attorneys Group April 21, 2021

If you are the victim of a hit and run, it is crucial to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that an insurance claim can be filed.

We understand car accidents, especially hit and runs, can be emotionally, financially, and physically taxing. However, the attorneys at LA Attorneys are here to help.

In this article, we are going to be discussing:

Hit and Run: Defined

A “hit-and-run” is defined as an accident between two vehicles, after which a driver does not provide contact or insurance information to the other driver.

Hit-and-runs are not only committed by the driver who is determined at fault in the accident. If you are involved in an accident, whether you are at fault or no, constitutes a hit-and-run.

There are a few instances that could be defined as hit-and-runs.

For example, if one car rear-ended another and immediately drove away without stopping to provide information, this is considered a hit-and-run.

Additionally, a hit-and-run could also take place if one car hits another car in a parking lot when the other driver is not inside his or her vehicle and leave without providing contact information.

And finally, if someone flees the scene of a serious collision before the police come to report it, this is considered a hit-and-run.

The only exception to this is if one of the parties needs immediate medical attention. In this case, the injured parties should seek the care they need.

What To Do After a Hit and Run

If you have been involved in a car accident, whether it is a hit-and-run or not, seek medical attention immediately if you are injured.

As mentioned above, getting medical attention is the one exception for leaving the scene of an accident.

However, if you remain at the scene, collect as much evidence as possible about the person who hit you.

Although this may not be possible in every case, such as if your car was hit in a parking lot and you were not in the vehicle, try can gather information about the car that hit you.

It is extremely helpful to provide information such as the car make, model, and color, as well as license plate number and what the driver looked like. This will help find the driver at fault.

Additionally, take photos of the scene of the accident. This will provide helpful evidence for filing a police report and insurance claim later down the line.

If you were not at the scene during the accident, try and find witnesses who may have any details about the accident.

For example, you can also report the scape on your car, which might help determine the color of the other vehicle.

Finally, file an insurance claim after the accident so that you can be compensated for your losses, such as damage to your car or medical expenses.

Similar to other car accident insurance claims, filing a claim for a hit and run mainly involves providing your insurer with evidence of the accident.

In the state of California, an insurance claim must be made within two years of the accident occurring. After two years, it likely that your claim will be invalid and you will not receive any compensation.

Additionally, it is important to know which part of your insurance policy to file the hit-and-run claim under.

Your collision coverage will help compensate for the damage to your vehicle that needs repair.

If the person who fled the scene is found, you can file a third-party insurance claim, which means the victim can file a claim against the at fault’s insurance for things outside of the contract established between the insurer and the insured.

However, if the at-fault party cannot be identified, you can make a personal injury claim.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Hit and Run

Although insurance covers damages to your vehicle and medical expenses after an accident, you may not get the amount of compensation you deserve.

A lawyer will help you approach and negotiate with an insurance company so that you are fairly compensated.

Hit and runs can be complicated because if the victim is unable to identify the at-fault party, they will likely have to pay their own insurance deductible.

Additionally, it is important to work with a lawyer after a hit and run to ensure your insurance cost does not increase. In the state of California, it is illegal for insurance companies to raise rates after a hit and run.

Conclusion

A hit and run can be both extremely complicated and traumatic. At LA Attorneys we understand that you may be enduring physical, emotional, and financial damage after your accident.

However, we are here to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve by evaluating and presenting your case in court and negotiating with insurance companies.

Our team of hit and run experts will thoroughly analyze your hit and run case, gather the necessary evidence, and build a strong defense with you so that you file an accurate insurance claim and present a strong case in court.

With our expertise in negotiation and our in-depth knowledge of car accident claims, we will help you obtain the maximum settlement.

If you have been in a car accident and would like legal representation or a free consultation, contact us today!

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