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Injured in a Hit and Run? Know Your Rights!

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

What’s worse than being injured in a car accident? When the driver who is at fault speeds off, leaving you in pain and with questions about who is going to pay for your injuries. If you are the victim of a hit and run car accident, you likely have many questions about your options for compensation and justice. At J&Y Law, our experienced car accident attorneys have handled more than a few hit and run cases throughout their extensive and successful careers representing victims of these inexcusable actions.

In California, motorists involved in accidents which result in injury or death to another individual are required to stop and remain at the scene until law enforcement authorities arrive. Further, many California municipalities have laws requiring these drivers must provide reasonable medical assistance to anyone injured as a result of the accident. Often, this involves calling 911 or otherwise contacting law enforcement authorities. Finally, when law enforcement arrive, the driver at fault must provide information to them including their name, address, and vehicle registration information.

If a driver leaves the scene, it obviously make it more difficult to obtaining compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, these drivers are sometimes not found. However, here are some helpful tips that can maximize the chances that the driver is found:

  • If you are able to, try to focus on characteristics of the car, the driver, any passengers, or the license plate. Sometimes it helps to repeat the information to yourself until law enforcement arrive. If you are able to write it down on paper or on your phone, do so immediately so you do not forget.
  • If your injury does not prevent you from doing so, try to flag down, approach, or otherwise get the attention of any witnesses to the accident. Ask them to describe to you what they saw, or to write it down or put it in a note on their phone immediately. Make sure to get their contact information and name.
  • Once law enforcement arrive, make sure they talk to you and any witnesses, and that they get your and any witnesses’ contact information. The more information you can give them about the car, the better your chances that the driver will be found.

If the driver is found, you are likely able to bring a personal injury car accident claim against them for injuries you suffered, medical expenses, and any pain and suffering the accident caused you. Further, the fact that they left the scene of the accident typically bolsters any claim you make against them or their insurance company.

At J&Y Law, our attorneys will aggressively pursue personal injury cases against hit and run drivers, and we also pride ourselves on being tough negotiators with insurance companies. We will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve. There is never an excuse for leaving the scene of an accident, especially if the accident was severe enough to cause injuries, and we will hold hit and run drivers accountable

If you were injured as the result of a hit and run, contact J&Y Law immediately to learn about your options. Our experienced personal injury car accident attorneys are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.