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Legal Help For Victims Of Hit & Run Accidents

When a car accident occurs in California, state law requires the drivers to remain at the crash location, exchange personal and insurance information with one another, and report the accident if state statute requires it. You must report any accident that causes bodily injury, death, or significant property damage.
Unfortunately, some drivers who cause accidents attempt to flee the scene as fast as they can to avoid responsibility for their actions, committing a hit-and-run.

Other drivers commit hit-and-run violations when they hit unattended vehicles and make no effort to take responsibility or locate the owners of the vehicles they damage.

A hit-and-run violation is a serious crime in California. Victims of hit-and-run accidents often feel uncertain and desperate, especially when it seems like it may be difficult or impossible to locate the hit-and-run driver. No matter how challenging your current hit-and-run accident claim may be, the attorneys at Peach & Weathers can provide the legal services you need to ensure a positive result from your personal injury claim.

Choose Peach & Weathers for Hit-and-Run Claim Representation

If you need a Riverside car accident attorney to represent your hit-and-run accident claim, the attorneys at Peach & Weathers are ready and able to assist you. Our attorneys have more than 60 combined years of practical experience handling all kinds of car accident claims for clients in Riverside and throughout the Inland Empire. If you have been injured and the driver responsible fled the scene, consulting an attorney is one of the best steps you can take toward locating the driver who committed the hit-and-run and holding them accountable for your losses.

Peach & Weathers are committed to providing comprehensive and individualized legal representation you can trust when you need it most. We take the time to get to know each of our clients so we can understand their situations as fully as possible. Our firm believes this individualized approach to legal counsel is a strong component of the long history of successful cases we have cultivated over our years of operation.

Defining a Hit-and-Run

Generally, there are three types of hit-and-run accidents that can occur:

  1. The driver responsible for the collision hits one or more other drivers and then immediately flees the scene.
  2. The driver responsible for a collision with a parked vehicle leaves the scene immediately without attempting to locate or contact the owner of the parked vehicle.
  3. A driver causes an accident with a pedestrian, bicyclist, or another road user and immediately leaves the scene.

The common thread among these examples is the failure of the hit-and-run driver to take responsibility. Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and it is always best to immediately take responsibility if you believe you are responsible for an accident. Failure to do so can lead to severe legal penalties, including prison time and heavy fines. If you believe you have been victimized by a hit-and-run and another driver has failed to take responsibility for their actions, call our firm. A Riverside car accident attorney is probably your best possibly ally when it comes to securing recovery for your losses.

Finding the Hit-and-Run Driver

One of the biggest problems facing many hit-and-run accident claimants is the difficulty of finding the driver responsible for the hit-and-run. There are actually many possible ways to identify the defendant in your case if you only have a hazy recollection of the driver and/or their vehicle. Your Riverside car accident lawyer can help you secure traffic camera data, phone records, and even autobody repair records in some cases if that is what it takes to locate the driver responsible for your hit-and-run accident. Sometimes all it will take is a reasonably accurate description of the at-fault driver’s vehicle; their vehicle likely sustained some physical damage from the collision, so they could be easier to identify than you might think.

Recovering Your Losses

Once the police have located the hit-and-run driver responsible for your damages, the police will begin their criminal case proceedings against the driver. During this time, you and your attorney are free to begin drafting your personal injury claim. It’s possible for the judge in the criminal case to award you restitution as part of the at-fault driver’s criminal sentencing. It’s also possible for the judge overseeing your civil case to award you punitive damages to further punish a defendant’s illegal behavior.

Your personal injury claim is the main route to collecting compensation for your losses resulting from the hit-and-run accident. These losses may include your medical expenses for the treatment you needed for your injuries, including immediate and future treatment costs. You can also claim lost income if your injuries prevented you from working. In the event, your injuries are so severe that you cannot work at all in the future, your Riverside car accident attorney can potentially help you recover compensation for your lost future earning potential.

These damages, along with your vehicle repair costs and compensation for your pain and suffering, could lead to a sizeable settlement or case award. Additionally, if a judge awards you punitive or exemplary damages, these are paid alongside your compensatory damages. California places no limit on the amount you might receive in punitive damages from a hit-and-run accident claim.

Find Your Legal Representative in Riverside Today

Victims of hit-and-run accidents often feel a strong combination of confusion, dread, and anger when they start to notice their damages compounding. Pain and inability to work can lead to further suffering and economic damage to a family. Swift legal action with the help of an experienced and compassionate Riverside car accident attorney is the best route to recovery in this situation.

If you or a loved one were hurt by a driver who intentionally fled the scene of your accident, our firm can help you hold them accountable for their actions and secure the recovery you need to get on with your life in peace. We will look for any evidence we can find to positively identify the driver responsible for your accident and maximize the compensation you receive from your personal injury claim. Contact Peach & Weathers today to discuss your recent hit-and-run accident with an experienced Riverside car accident lawyer.

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