Hit-and-run Car Accident Attorneys
Car accidents are upsetting enough in their own right. Being injured in an accident where the other driver flees the scene is even worse. Unfortunately not all drivers are responsible behind the wheel. In fact, some are not only negligent, but criminal in their actions. In California, drivers involved in car accidents cannot leave the scene. Under California law, hit-and-run situations involving property damages are a misdemeanor. However, if the accident causes an injury or a death, the hit-and-run driver can face felony charges. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are fairly common. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, police officers investigate approximately 20,000 hit-and-run crashes each year. The California Highway Patrol Reports:
- 11% of all car police reported car accidents involve a hit-and-run driver
- Hit-and-run accidents kill 1,500 people each year
- 60% of hit-and-run accident victims are pedestrians
- Hit-and-run accidents represent 10% of all accidents involving fatal injuries and 20% of all accidents involving pedestrian death
The Need for Hit-and-run Car Accident Attorneys
Any car accident can result in serious injuries. This can cause a great deal of medical bills and other expenses. Hit-and-run accidents can be even more traumatic. Hit-and-run drivers are not always apprehended and brought to justice. As such, it is easy to assume that the injured party has no recourse when dealing with the extensive expenses caused by the accident. This is where an experienced car accident attorney can help.
If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, you deserve compensation. You can file a negligence claim against the responsible party. If the hit-and-run driver is not apprehended, you can file an uninsured motorist claim, or UM claim, with your own insurance company. However things unfold, it is crucial to have an experienced car accident attorney by your side. Insurance companies will use any means to avoid full payment. An attorney can help navigate through their tactics and help you recover maximum compensation.
A Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Contact a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one was injured by a hit-and-run driver. Schedule a free initial consultation with experienced hit-and-run car accident attorneys from the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim in Los Angeles County. Call 800-LAW-TALK (529-8255) or contact us online.
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Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.