HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS
40,000 hit-and-run collisions occur in Los Angeles County every year. Of those, 8,000 hit-and-runs resulted in injuries or deaths. While the national average for hit-and-run collision is about 11%, in Los Angeles County the rate is over 50%.
The Automobile Club of America found that unlicensed drivers are 66.36 times more likely to be a hit-and-run driver than a licensed driver. 21% of all fatal crashes involved drivers with no valid license. The high number of hit-and-runs corresponds with the high number of undocumented workers who are unlicensed. If an undocumented worker was to stay on the scene of a automobile accident they could risk deportation and this fear promotes a “nothing to lose” mentality: that the consequences of fleeing are equal to or less than the consequences of being arrested for having no license and being involved in a fatal car crash. Approximately 6 in 10 fatally injured victims are pedestrians.
58% of fatal hit and run crashes occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 47% of fatal hit and run crashes occur between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. A high percentage of these hit and runs are alcohol-related and even a higher percentage flee with a suspended license for driving under the influence conviction.
Hit and run accidents are considered accidents involving an uninsured motorist. In order to be compensated, you must have valid uninsured motorist coverage. In California, an insurance agent must provide you with uninsured motorist at the same limits as your liability coverage unless you have signed a written waiver.
California law requires that there be contact between the hit and run vehicle and your vehicle. If there is no contact, the hit and run claim will be denied. Contact, however, need not be major, even the slightest touching is sufficient. While the policy may say that you are required to file a police report, under the law, you may still proceed with a hit and run claim even with have done so.
Your hit and run claim will never go to court, instead, California provides that all claims be arbitrated in order to quickly and economical resolve your claim. Do not be fooled by the informality of a hit and run claim. The stakes are high and the process can be daunting if the procedural rules are not complied with.
You need an attorney well versed in hit and run accidents who will get you the right medical personnel to get you care you need and a settlement commensurate with your injury today and the consequences tomorrow.
FOCUSING ON COMPENSATION
Liberty & Associates has the experience and knowledge needed when encountering any hit and run accidents. With over three decades of experience, Liberty & Associates has the resources and is the dedicated Santa Monica hit and run accident lawyer you need to follow through with your claim.
Liberty & Associates will thoroughly investigate the facts of the accident or incident in order to determine the legal strategy to take in your particular situation. During your initial consultation, we will fully discuss your case, including potential sources of information not readily apparent, including potential witnesses, video and audio recording which must be acquired quickly before they are recorded over, law enforcement reports and investigation whose initial conclusions can be altered if quickly dealt with early on. Liberty & Associates will try to answer all of your questions. The firm is committed to providing you personal attention throughout the course of your claim and will pursue every possible means of compensation on your behalf. Whether you have medical costs, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, our efforts will be towards maximizing your potential settlement.
It is never easy to get through a difficult situation where you suffer a hit and run accident. We strive to provide caring and compassionate representation. Our goal is simple: resolve your claim fairly, effortlessly and as quickly as possible. If your case requires that a lawsuit be pursued, rest assured that the experienced and successful attorneys at Liberty & Associates will still have the same goal.
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