Recovering When the Other Driver Flees the Scene
Getting in an accident is bad enough. A hit-and-run crash can make you feel particularly vulnerable and angry, as you wonder how you can possibly pay your medical bills, lost wages, disabilities and other damages resulting from the crash now that the at-fault driver has fled.
The Rudman Law Firm, APC is a dedicated boutique personal injury law firm with an office in Encino. Our lawyers have exclusively practiced personal injury law for their entire 60-year combined careers. Our attorneys approach challenging hit-and-run claims with experience, ingenuity and determination. We can help you recover if the driver who injured you fled the scene.
Fleeing the Scene is a Criminal Offense
A driver may flee an accident for a variety of reasons. A drunk driver may believe she or he cannot be prosecuted for DUI without blood alcohol concentration evidence. A driver may not have a valid driver’s license. The driver may have an active outstanding arrest warrant. Often, the driver has no auto insurance to cover damages.
Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal. A driver who flees an accident in which other people were seriously injured or killed faces imprisonment and fines. In addition to being charged with hit-and-run, the driver may also be charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license or other crime.
Once a hit-and-run driver is arrested, prosecutors pursue justice in the criminal courts. However, you are unlikely to receive compensation upon conclusion of the proceedings. Although one can urge the judge to include victim’s compensation in the hit-and-run driver’s sentence, the reality is that the driver might never have the means to pay. In order to recover compensation, you must pursue your rights in civil court. Our attorneys evaluate your case to determine the most effective means of getting you the damages you deserve. We may sue a fleeing driver who has sufficient auto insurance or recoverable assets. Or, we may consider third parties who were at fault in the accident.
Uninsured Motorist Protection
You cannot pursue a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company if the driver fled the scene and his or her insurance information is never discovered. For this reason, a hit-and-run accident is treated like an uninsured motorist case for insurance claims purposes. Even a driver who is later caught, is unlikely to carry adequate insurance to cover your damages. Our lawyers help you to pursue your rightful compensation under you uninsured motorist policy.
Learn More About Recovering Damages in a Hit-and-Run Collision
The Rudman Law Firm, APC can help you recover compensation for injuries arising from a hit-and-run accident. To schedule a free claims evaluation, call our Encino office (818) 769-6969, or our toll free at (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN. Under our contingency fee arrangement, you do not owe us lawyers’ fees until we recover compensation on your claim through a verdict award or settlement.