Unexpected personal injuries suffered in an automobile accident are a nightmare. In the midst of living your life, pursuing your goals, and enjoying the good times, you are sidelined or worse through no fault of your own. Besides the injuries, there is partial or total damage to your vehicle, leaving you to deal with repairs or a replacement, as well as the hassle of filing an insurance claim. As bad as this scenario sounds, it is far worse when the driver responsible for your personal injuries flees the scene of the accident. When you are injured by a hit and run driver, you have to track down the driver in addition to recovering from your injuries and dealing with vehicle repairs – all while missing work and income while recovering from your injuries.
When this catastrophe happens because of someone else’s negligence, reckless, or intentionally wrongful conduct, it is time to rely on a dedicated and experienced California personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney will work to track down the hit and run driver and explore all avenues in both the criminal and civil justice systems to punish the hit and run driver for cowardly and criminal conduct, and seek the full compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and other losses.
Separating the Accident from the Leaving the Scene of the Accident
A hit and run automobile accident that causes personal injuries represents an interesting set of facts in the eyes of the law. To understand the legal recourse available to you, it is helpful to separate the accident from the at-fault driver’s leaving the scene of the accident. The accident itself is commonly the result of negligence. Negligence is a legal term for when a duty owed by one person to another is breached, thereby causing the non-at-fault party to suffer damages. In the hit and run car accident context, the duty is that of safe driving. All drivers owe a duty to all other drivers to drive safely in accordance with the rules and regulations of the road. This duty can be breached by driving drunk, driving too fast or too slow, swerving, texting while driving, failing to obey stop lights and turn signals, and much more. When a breach causes an accident to happen, the negligent driver may be held legally responsible for the non-at-fault driver’s personal injuries, property damage, lost income due to missed work, pain and suffering, and other losses.
In a hit and run accident, the at-fault, fleeing driver may be held criminally responsible. Leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injuries without identifying oneself to the other party or parties involved is a felony in the state of California and is subject to harsh punishments. If you have been injured in a hit and run car accident, contact a skilled and experienced California persona injury attorney today.