Los Angeles Hit and Run Lawyers
Hit and run accidents are more common than ever. It’s important to understand that you have the right to recover compensation after an accident, even if the at-fault driver leaves the scene. Personal injury lawsuits involving a hit and run car accident can be complicated.
The experienced legal team at Glotzer & Leib, LLP will protect your rights and help you get the money you deserve. Call our Los Angeles law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation. We will review your case and explain your legal rights and options.
Why Should I Hire a Los Angeles Hit and Run Injury Lawyer?
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is hard enough without having to worry about finding the person who hit you. Injuries can be painful and time-consuming. You may have to miss time at work while you recover, which can add to your growing financial stress. While you can try to pursue compensation on your own, you risk leaving money you deserve on the table.
Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your case not only gives you time to get better, but also puts you in the best position to maximize your financial award. Here’s what you can expect when you turn to the personal injury lawyers at Glotzer & Leib, LLP after your hit and run accident.
- Work with law enforcement and the best private investigators in Los Angeles to find the hit and run driver who is responsible for your injuries.
- Determine if anyone else may have contributed to your crash and demand money from them.
- Protect you from insurance companies who want to limit your financial payout after an accident.
- Prevent others from shifting blame to you by saying that you are (totally or partly) to blame for the accident.
- Consult with experts as we analyze your case to make sure it’s valued properly.
Our goal is to make sure that you are fully compensated for all of your hit and run car accident injuries. We’ll put all of our resources to work to help you in your time of need. Your first consultation is free, so call for help today.
What is a Hit and Run Accident?
In California, you are legally obligated to stay at the scene of an accident if property is damaged or someone gets hurt. It’s considered a “hit and run” if you leave before identifying yourself and getting help for injured victims, if necessary.
Leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges. It can also make it difficult for victims to recover the compensation they need and deserve.
Hit and Run Accident Statistics
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of hit and run accidents in the United States has increased in recent years. Fatal hit and run crashes have increased by 60 percent in the last decade. Every year, there are more than 682,000 hit and run accidents across the country. That’s one hit and run every five seconds.
Hit and Runs Involving Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Hit and run accidents don’t just have to involve motor vehicles. According to AAA, nearly two-thirds of all hit and runs involve pedestrians or bicyclists. In fact, hit and run accidents account for one out of every five pedestrian traffic deaths.
Road Design Can Increase Likelihood of Hit and Run Collision
Car accidents happen for a variety of reasons. According to the AAA study, however, certain environmental factors increase the likelihood of a hit and run crash. These include:
- Roadway geometry
- Location of the hit and run accident
- Undivided roadways
- Time of day, and
- Lighting, or lack thereof.
Generally speaking, hit and run car accidents are more likely to happen at night on roadways that aren’t frequently traveled. Drivers are more inclined to flee the scene of a crash if they don’t think there are many witnesses around.
Navigating Your Injury Claim After a Hit and Run Accident
The driver who caused your car accident fled the scene and cannot be located. What can you do to get money to cover the rising costs of your injuries? Fortunately, there may be several options available to you.
Uninsured Motorist Insurance
When you purchased car insurance, your insurance company was required to offer you and encourage you to purchase uninsured motorist coverage (UIM). In fact, you would have been required to sign a waiver if you declined to add this coverage to your policy.
Uninsured motorist insurance is helpful when you are involved in an accident with a driver who doesn’t have insurance. It can also be used when you’re involved in an accident with a hit and run driver. These benefits are paid by your own insurance company. UIM is paid in addition to the standard benefits available under your car insurance policy.
Other Liable Parties
Accidents are complicated. It’s not uncommon for multiple parties to share fault for a collision. If you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident, it’s critical to find out if anyone other than the hit and run driver may share some of the blame. If this is the case, you’re entitled to at least some compensation from them.
Other potentially liable parties might include:
- Other drivers
- Truck drivers
- The government agency responsible for maintaining the road where your accident occurred
- Employers of at-fault parties, or
- Vehicle manufacturers.
Under California’s comparative fault laws, you have the right to obtain compensation from anyone who contributes to your injuries. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case and determine who might share even the slightest amount of blame. We’ll then pursue compensation from anyone who played a role in causing your injuries. This can help you recover compensation even if the hit and run driver is never found.
Statute of Limitations For Hit and Run Injury Claims
California law limits the amount of time you have to file an injury lawsuit after an accident. In most cases, the statute of limitations for an injury claim is two years. You can lose the right to obtain compensation if you wait longer than this to assert your legal rights.
However, there are exceptions to the rule. You may have additional time to pursue compensation if you’re a minor at the time of the accident or you don’t discover your injuries right away. The statute of limitations can be tolled – or paused – to give you extra time to file a claim.
The statute of limitations can also be tolled if the person responsible for your injuries is out of the state or can’t be located. You won’t lose the right to file a lawsuit and get money just because the person who caused your accident runs away. The statute of limitations can be put on hold until the hit and run driver is located.
Call Our Los Angeles Hit and Run Injury Lawyers
Hit and run accidents can be incredibly stressful. Just because the driver who caused your accident can’t be found doesn’t mean that you can’t get the money you deserve. Contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP to learn about your legal rights and options.
Our Los Angeles attorneys have more than 14 years of experience handling complex personal injury matters. We’ve obtained millions in settlements and awards for our injured clients. If you’ve been injured in a hit and run car accident, we can help you, too. Your first consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to call today.