On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, two children, a man, and a woman, were involved in a hit-and-run accident in the Wilmington area. The accident occurred near the corner of W Opp Street and Gulf Avenue, near the 110 Freeway (Harbor Freeway) and Pacific Coast Highway. A 50-year-old woman sustained injuries due to the accident. The woman was reported to be in and out of consciousness. The injuries sustained by the man are still unknown. The children, 10 and 12, were not injured. Specific details surrounding the accident are still unclear. The driver of a green pick-up truck that crashed into the family’s vehicle fled the scene on foot. The authorities are actively searching for the suspect. Have you or a member of your family been involved in a car accident? Have you found yourself dealing with uncertainty after being involved in a hit and run accident? If you were injured in a hit-and-run car accident, you might have grounds to take action against the party liable for the harm that you suffered. What if the liable party fled the scene of the accident? Even if the party liable for your accident fled the scene, you can still take action against him or her. With legal assistance, you could sue the party liable for the harm that you suffered and the compensation that you deserve. If you are in need of legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at our law firm are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information that you need to take action against the party liable for the harm that you suffered.
The Difference between Hit-and-Run Accidents and Regular Car AccidentsFor the purpose of this comparison, regular car accidents are accidents in which all parties involved remain on the scene of the crash. The difference between regular car accidents and hit-and-run accidents is pretty straightforward. In a regular car accident, the parties exchange insurance information. The parties can then report the accident to their insurance companies and the process of recovering compensation begins. In hit-and-run accidents, on the contrary, there is no exchange of insurance information; therefore, it takes some time to find the liable party. In the case mentioned above, the at-fault driver left the vehicle at the scene of the accident. Using the vehicle’s license plate number, the authorities will eventually be able to identify the suspect. After identifying the party, the victim will be able to proceed legally. Without a doubt, the uncertainty surrounding hit-and-run accidents can delay the process of pursuing legal action. However, pursuing a car accident injury claim is not impossible. Even if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, you have the right to file a claim and be compensated for the injuries that you suffered.
Filing a Car Accident Claim after Identifying the Hit-and-Run DriverAfter identifying the party liable for your hit-and-run accident, you could proceed legally. You could file an insurance claim against the liable party’s personal insurance company, for instance. Because insurance companies do not want to pay, you might benefit from allowing a knowledgeable attorney to handle your case. Depending on the specific details of the accident and the harm that you suffered, you might be eligible to recover compensation for all or some of the following: medical costs; lost wages; pain and suffering; loss of consortium; funeral and burial expenses; punitive damages.
What if the Liable Party is Never Identified?In many hit-and-run accidents, the parties that recklessly and negligently caused the accident – and fled – are never identified. Many victims and their families believe that they cannot receive compensation if the liable party is not identified. Although you will likely be unable to recover compensation from the liable party’s insurance company, you could recover compensation from your own insurance policy. You have the right to file a claim against your insurance company. Does my liability coverage apply to my hit-and-run accident? Hit-and-run accidents are not covered under the liability coverage provided by your policy. Rather, your hit-and-run accident might be covered under the following portions of your policy:
- Collision coverage
- Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage
- Medical payments coverage
- Personal injury protection coverage (PIP coverage)
Preparing to File Your ClaimWithout a doubt, you have the right to file a personal injury claim even after suffering a hit and run accident. Although filing a claim might not be the first thing on your mind, much of what you do immediately after suffering a hit and run accident will be relevant to the outcome of your claim. When you discuss your situation with an attorney, you should be prepared to provide the following:
- Exact details on the date, time, and conditions of the accident
- Description of the vehicle involved in the accident
- Photographs of your injuries
- Photographs of the damage to your vehicle
- Copies of all medical records, including treatment and bills
- Copies of police reports
- Witness information