Recovering from a Hit and Run Accident
Posted on August 16, 2016 by Matthew Paré
California law requires that all parties to an auto collision stay at the scene of the incident in order to exchange insurance information. Leaving the scene of the collision in a case where an injury has occurred is a misdemeanor punishable by fines and jail time. Yet despite these consequences, hit and run crashes are surprisingly common and generally involve pedestrians. In fact, according to the California Highway Patrol, 60 percent of the victims of a hit and run are pedestrians.
This trend continued on August 4, 2016, when two men suffered critical personal injuries after being hit by an as of yet unknown driver of a sedan. As NBC San Diego reported, the men were crossing the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Barnard Street when the sedan swung around a stopped car and hit the two men. Instead of stopping to help his victims, the driver of the sedan sped away from the scene. The two men, aged 23 and 25 respectively, were rushed to a local hospital. Although both suffered serious personal injuries, one man is reported to have sustained brain trauma.
Without knowing the identity of the perpetrator and therefore who to file a lawsuit against, being the victim of a hit and run may seem especially daunting. Yet, provided you have uninsured motorist coverage, there are experts who can help you. Even as a pedestrian, your own auto insurance policy can help you recover a substantial amount to help cover any medical bills, as well as receive compensation for pain and suffering and other damages. The Law Office of Matthew Paré, APC specializes in personal injury cases. Attorney Matthew Paré has often helped victims of auto collisions get the funds they need to receive the proper medical treatment and obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact our firm today at 619-869-4999 to speak directly with Attorney Matthew Paré and learn about what steps can be taken to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.