Being injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence is bad enough. Having the other driver flee the scene is even more traumatizing. While most people are responsible while behind the wheel, others are not only negligent but downright criminal. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you deserve to be compensated by the negligent party for your injury or injuries. Even if the responsible party is never found, you may be able to seek compensation for injuries that you sustained in the accident through your car insurance policy. Regardless of how things unfold, it is crucial to have experienced hit-and-run attorneys by your side.
It’s easy to see why car accident attorneys stay so busy when you consider the prevalence of hit and run incidents in the U.S. in general and in LA in particular. According to a recent article by USA Today, such accidents are on the rise in the U.S. Accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, show that although traffic deaths fell by 4.5 percent from 2009 to 2011, fatal hit and run incidents increased by 13.7 percent. According to LA Weekly, approximately 20,000 hit and run accidents happen in LA each year, and around 4,000 of them result in injury or death.
When involved in an accident in which the negligent party flees the scene, it’s easy to assume that you are out of luck when dealing with the ensuing medical bills and other expenses. However, law enforcement takes such incidents seriously and may ultimately bring the perpetrator to justice. Even if the negligent driver never materializes, you may be able to seek compensation for medical costs associated with your injuries by filing an uninsured motorist claim, or UM claim, with your car insurance company.
If you have sustained an injury or injuries from a hit and run accident, the first order of business is to seek medical attention. As soon as you are stable and have been properly treated, seek the assistance of experienced personal injury attorneys. Time is of the essence here because you can be sure that if the negligent party is found, their insurance company will go to great lengths to avoid paying on the resulting claim. Further, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries, including for all medical expenses. In fact, even if you must resort to filing a UM claim, you may still be compensated for not just your injuries and medical expenses but for damage to your vehicle, lost wages, property damage, physical therapy costs and even pain and suffering.
Discovering that the driver who caused the accident in the first place didn’t bother to stop is extremely upsetting. In addition to the medical side of things, you’re apt to be left feeling helpless and alone. It’s natural to assume that law enforcement, insurance companies and others will look out for your best interests, but that’s often not the case. The sad truth is that to fully protect yourself and to hopefully hold the responsible party accountable for the accident, you must seek the help of skilled personal injury attorneys. Etehad Law can help.
Whether you were driving a car, riding a bike or on foot at the time of your hit and run accident, don’t let the responsible party ride off into the sunset–and don’t assume that you’re stuck with the bills and other fallout if they are never brought to justice. Instead, do what you can to protect your rights and to seek full compensation for your accident with help from the skilled attorneys at Etehad Law. Contact us today to get started.