Unfortunately, some car accidents involve a hit-and-run driver. When a vehicle is struck by a driver who flees the scene, it can present significant complications when it comes to recovering compensation. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact the San Diego hit-and-run lawyers at CaseyGerry. We will help you recover the compensation you deserve.
After a hit-and-run accident, it is imperative to work with a San Diego car accident attorney. Their familiarity in handling hit and run cases and dealing with insurance companies will help you recover the compensation you need, whether the fleeing driver is found or not. These cases can be particularly complex, and it is often challenging for claimants to receive compensation that fully covers their losses. A lawyer can take on that burden for you and will work hard to ensure your rights are protected, and you are treated fairly.
There are various reasons why a driver might flee the scene of an accident, but most are in relation to fear of the consequences. For example:
In San Diego County, the ten leading causes of hit and run accidents are:
No matter why a driver flees the scene, it is against the law. After an accident, California law requires drivers to stop even if they were not at fault or there was no property damage or injuries.
The types of hit and run accidents that most commonly occur in San Diego County are as follows:
Hit and run accidents do not always consist of two vehicles. Close to 300 accidents in San Diego only involved one vehicle. Approximately 203 pedestrians were crashed into by a hit-and-run driver and 94 bicyclists. Other hit and run accidents that occurred affected 86 motorcyclists and 22 trucks.
A hit and run is a crime in California and occurs when:
According to California Vehicle Code 20002:
“(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists.”
Even if the fleeing driver was not responsible for an accident, they can face a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
To convict a hit and run driver of a felony charge, a prosecutor must prove that the driver either knew or should have reasonably known, the car accident injured or killed another person. In addition to a hit and run charge, the driver may face other related offenses, such as driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, evading police, etc.
Hit and run accident cases can involve complex insurance issues that make it challenging to recover full and fair compensation. Regardless of whether the at-fault driver is caught, schedule a free consultation with an experienced San Diego Hit and Run Accident Lawyer. We will help you navigate the claims process and will handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf. That way, you can focus on recovering and have peace of mind knowing someone is fighting for your rights. Call (619) 238-1811 or request a free consultation online today.