Hit-and-run accidents can get complicated when trying to piece everything together. It is a puzzle that is challenging to solve and takes time and patience. However, at the Law Office of John B. Richards, our Santa Barbara hit-and-run accident attorneys are equipped with the proper resources and experience to handle your case.
We understand that these types of accidents can bring a lot of stress, but we can make it easier for you. Our attorneys know how to handle your case to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Usually, after a car accident, the parties involved will exchange contact and insurance information, but this can be next to impossible when a driver has fled the scene. Police officers will attempt to identify the driver, but in some cases, the driver may go unidentified.
That leaves you having to rely on your insurance to help you with your injuries and damages. However, your insurance company may try to low-ball you with a settlement offer. In addition, your insurance policies may not cover all the expenses, so your attorney will fight for your right to fair compensation and negotiate on your behalf. If you do not have uninsured motorist coverage as a part of your auto insurance policy, securing compensation from your personal carrier may be impossible.
If your insurance company is unwilling to work with you, a Santa Barbara hit-and-run accident attorney is dedicated to helping you through this. It is recommended that you do not negotiate with your insurance company on your own. To avoid leaving you scrambling around for answers, let a professional advocate for you.
According to AAA, there were 737,100 hit-and-run accidents during a recent reporting year in the United States. Out of those accidents, 138,500 injuries occurred and 1,819 fatalities were reported. Hit-and-run accidents make up 11% of all car crashes.
When a driver flees the scene of an accident, they are committing a crime. In California, a hit-and-run that only involves property damages has been deemed a misdemeanor or a felony crime, depending on the factors related to each specific situation. However, if the hit-and-run driver caused physical injuries to the other party, they will be charged with a felony offense.
A driver fleeing the scene is never excusable, but understanding why they may have done it can make putting the pieces together easier. Some drivers flee because they do not have insurance, do not have a valid license, or were under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the crash occurred.
Injuries commonly suffered as a result of hit-and-runs include:
Hit-and-run accidents can be challenging to investigate without the help of a professional. Let an experienced Santa Barbara hit-and-run accident attorney piece the puzzle together. At the Law Office of John B. Richards, our team strives to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.