In California, a hit and run accident can be a felony charge. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001, someone involved in a traffic accident in which another person is hurt or killed is required to perform certain actions.
A hit and run is possibly the most terrifying of accidents. Injuries and vehicle damage may have occurred, yet you don’t know who to blame.
Two Kinds of Hit and Run Accidents
The most common hit and run accident is when you are driving, a car hits you and then speeds off. The other kind of hit and run is when your vehicle is damaged by another driver in the parking lot or while parallel parked. You can file a legal claim with either of these accidents.
Steps for Handling a Hit and Run Accident
1. Make sure no one was injured
In any accident, your first step is to check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If nothing seems life-threatening, then proceed with the rest of the steps in the process.
If anyone is bleeding or seriously injured dial 911. Otherwise, make an appointment with your physician or go to the emergency room once the accident has been managed.
2. Look for witnesses
It is important to ask witnesses for help quickly after the accident. Witnesses are critical for your claim, but they, understandably, have other places to be.
Ask them to speak to the police on your behalf or see if they will provide you with contact information so your attorney or insurance adjuster can speak with them at a later date.
3. Document and Record everything
If you saw the driver hit your car, write down everything you can about the person and their car. As much information as you can about the license plate is best, but the car brand, style and color are also helpful.
It also helps for you to take pictures of the damage to your car, where the accident happened, and any other injuries you may have. These are helpful to insurance companies and your attorney if you start a claim.
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4. File a police report
Calling the police may seem a bit dramatic if your car only suffered mild damage, but you must complete this step. A hit and run is a crime, and the police will try to catch the person who hit your car.
You can still call the police if you did not see what happened.
5. Contact an attorney
Drake Law Firm will contact the insurance company on your behalf and take care of all required paperwork. We will make sure that your car is repaired or replaced. Our clients get the medical care that is needed to aid in recovery. Our staff will ensure that you get the treatment and compensation you deserve.
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Click to call (844) 51-DRAKE my office today to schedule your free consultation to get answers to all of your questions so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed with your claim. My firm is located in Los Angeles and in San Francisco and serves all of California for hit and run accidents.