Collisions between vehicles can be quite serious and routinely result in people suffering significant injuries. However, a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian almost assuredly results in significant, and potentially catastrophic, harm or even loss of life.
When an automobile collides with a pedestrian, there is a legal obligation for the motorist to stop, call the authorities, and at least attempt to assess the condition of the pedestrian due to the accident. Unfortunately, some motorists ignore this requirement and flee the scene of the accident. This is known as a “hit-and-run”.
Fatalities on the Rise
Hit-and-run accident that result in a loss of life are increasing in and around the Los Angeles area. In fact, they have reached a record high. Even more concerning is the fact that the rise of deadly hit-and-accidents is occurring not just in California, but across the country. For example, hit-and-run accidents have caused more than 1200 deaths each and every year since 2006, according to ABC News.
Fleeing the Scene of an Accident is a Felony
It is a felony offense when a motorist hits a pedestrian and flees the scene of the accident. In addition, the California legislature enacted a new law in 2019 extending felony hit-and-run laws to collisions between motorists and bicyclists.
What To Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Los Angeles
If you were seriously injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver who hit and fled the scene, or a family member was hit and killed in a hit-and-run accident, you need to take legal action immediately. An experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney can assist you in taking the necessary steps to identify hit-and-run driver and secure financial restitution for you and your loved ones.
Even if the negligent motorist is not identified, you may still be able to recover financial restitution through your own automobile insurance policy (if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage), and potentially other insurance policies.
Have Questions? Contact Ramtin Law Today
To get a better idea of your legal options, take action by contacting a leading Los Angeles car accident attorney, Ramtin Sadighim of Ramtin Law, to discuss the best path forward. It is recommended you take action sooner rather than later since there is a statute of limitations that applies to hit-and-run accident lawsuits.