What Happens After a Hit-and-Run?
California law defines a hit and run offense as when a person:
- Leaves the scene where he or she hit another vehicle
- Fails to identify themselves fully to the other driver or others involved
- Damages property or causes injury to another person
Hit and runs are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. A crash is a misdemeanor if it only causes damage to property. However, if the hit-and-run crash causes injury, then it is classified as a felony.
These categories hold notwithstanding how serious or minor the accident is. The misdemeanor/felony classification applies the same without regard as to who is at fault in the hit and run crash, the amount of damage done, or even how severe the injuries are.
Recovery of Damages After Hit and Run
One of the primary questions all hit and run victims ask is whether they will be able to recover monetary compensation for their injuries. This is of particular concern because the victim of a hit and run crash often did nothing wrong, was not at fault, yet the person who hit them has disappeared with no trace. They have no idea who it is, whether they have insurance or not, and so on.
It is a good question and genuine concern which an experienced car accident lawyer can provide answers after obtaining information and documents pertaining to the hit and run accident. The lawyer will provide you not only with the answers to your questions but also a roadmap of what needs to be done to ensure you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call a Beverly Hills Car Accident Attorney
At Jalilvand Law, we help hit and run accident victims recover damages for their injuries. If you have been injured in a hit and run crash, call us today at 310.478.5800 or reach us online for a free consultation.