Los Angeles Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
Causing a car accident and fleeing the scene without leaving behind driver information constitutes the crime of hit-and-run. Every year, heinous hit-and-run drivers cause dozens of catastrophic injuries and tragic deaths in California. If you or someone you love is the victim of a hit-and-run accident, our Los Angeles attorneys may be able to help you fight for justice and compensation. Even without knowing the identity of the at-fault driver, your lawyer could exhaust other outlets for financial recovery. Contact us today for a free hit-and-run case evaluation.
Why Choose Us?
- We have the depth of knowledge to allow us to thrive in all types of car accident cases. Our firm has been helping people since 1936.
- We have a long history of successfully achieving outstanding results for clients, with over $5 billion in collective awards won.
- We take pride in the fact that our lawyers have been at the forefront of many types of cases. We were the first firm in California to file a lawsuit against asbestos manufacturers in 1975, for example.
- We represent clients on a contingency fee basis after Los Angeles hit-and-run accidents. You will only pay our fees if we win.
Why You Need an Attorney
A hit-and-run accident can be difficult to litigate. If the police do not find the perpetrator, you may not have the option of holding the at-fault party responsible for your damages. An aggressive Los Angeles car accident lawyer from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP can help you understand your other options, such as filing a first-party insurance claim. We can properly evaluate your case, take on insurance companies on your behalf and do our best to obtain you a fair financial award. You will have the peace of mind to focus on healing with our lawyers on your case.
Can You Recover Damages After a Hit-and-Run?
An essential question victims have after hit-and-run accidents is who will pay the price of damages. The victim did not cause the accident, yet the at-fault driver is not available to take accountability. In California, an at-fault state, this can lead to confusion as to where to turn for financial assistance. Luckily, the answer may lie in your own insurance coverage.
Insurance companies in California automatically include uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage when a new client purchases a policy. A client must manually refuse this coverage. The insurance company may then recommend the driver purchase collision and comprehensive coverage to make up for the lack of uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. If you have any of these types of coverage, your insurance company will most likely cover your damages after a hit-and-run accident.
Uninsured/underinsured driver insurance will cover a hit-and-run accident as if the at-fault driver had stuck around but did not have insurance. Your insurance provider may offer a settlement through your coverage according to policy limits. You should receive reimbursement for your vehicle repairs and medical bills. If you only have the minimum required California insurance, however, without additional coverage, your insurance provider may deny your claim.
When to File a Personal Injury Claim
It may be in your best interest to file a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles instead of settling with an insurance company if you suffered catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run car accident in Los Angeles. A lawsuit will generally result in greater compensation than an insurance settlement. You will need the at-fault driver or another negligent party present, however, to file a lawsuit. A third party such as the City of Los Angeles or a vehicle manufacturer could share fault for your hit-and-run accident. If so, your attorney can help you bring a claim against this party.
Contact an Accident Attorney Today
To bring a personal injury claim against someone after a hit-and-run accident, you must act within two years from the date of your collision. California imposes a strict two-year deadline on all personal injury lawsuits. If you miss this deadline, you may lose any right to financial compensation. Speak to a lawyer from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP about your hit-and-run case as soon as possible to avoid missed your time limit.