If a car accident occurs in California, drivers are required by law to take responsibility and help others who may be hurt. According to VEH § 20001, a driver involved in an accident that causes injury to another person must stop. VEH § 20003 requires the driver to provide their name and address, the names and addresses of any passengers and the vehicle’s owner, and the vehicle’s registration number. The driver must also transport an injured person to receive medical treatment or arrange for transportation.
In some cases, the driver who causes an accident does not accept responsibility. Instead, they leave the scene, as they might be intoxicated, uninsured, fleeing the scene of a crime, or trying to evade an arrest warrant.
If you were are a victim of a hit and run accident, you might be suffering from life-threatening injuries and are still recovering from them. You may have been left unconscious and bleeding, with no way to call for help. Not receiving prompt medical care could have caused your condition to worsen. You may have lost a lot of blood, or a head injury may have worsened because you were not quickly transported to a hospital.
You might not be able to work because of the crash, and it could be several months before you can return to your job, or you may be permanently disabled and unable to do the type of work you did before the crash. You may be unable to perform everyday tasks and to care for your children.
You and your spouse may have exhausted your emergency fund and may be struggling to cover essentials, such as housing, utilities, and groceries. The physical pain and financial stress might be causing mental and emotional suffering for you and affecting your relationships with other family members.
An Oakland hit and run accident lawyer might be able to help you seek justice. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can work to find the driver and hold him or her accountable. Call us at (800) 959-1444 to speak with a staff member about what happened to you and how we might be able to assist you with your case.
How We May Be Able to Locate the Driver
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can start by interviewing you and any of your passengers to find out what you remember about the vehicle that hit you. We can also speak with any witnesses who saw the collision or the other driver speeding away. Even if no one was able to record the vehicle’s license plate, they might be able to provide information on the type of vehicle, color, make, and model that can help in our investigation.
Many communities, particularly large cities, have numerous cameras in public places that could provide valuable evidence in a hit and run case. We may find a camera that was set up to catch people who run red lights recorded video of the crash or that a camera caught an image of the vehicle fleeing the scene. A security camera at a local business or at a private residence may have captured footage of the hit and run accident. A person who was recording a family member or friend with a cellphone or who was taking a selfie may have caught video of the crash or a still image of the hit and run driver’s vehicle. We can check all possibilities for footage of the crash.
We also can check with local auto repair shops to find out if a car that matches the description of the hit and run vehicle was brought in to be fixed soon after the crash. We can also inquire at local hospitals to find out if someone sought treatment for injuries that were consistent with a car accident.
If that individual did not want to file an auto or health insurance claim, it could be another sign that the individual might be the hit and run driver in your accident. Once we have identified the vehicle that we think was involved in the collision, testing of the vehicle’s paint and other components may confirm our suspicions.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, is ready to hear the details in your Oakland-area hit and run accident. Give us a call today so that we can learn more about your case and explain how an attorney might be able to help.
For a free legal consultation with a hit and run accidents lawyer serving Oakland, call (800)-598-7557
How an Oakland Hit and Run Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Pursue Justice for You
If we find the driver who fled the crash scene, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can file a personal injury lawsuit against that person if it is determined the individual caused the accident. We can seek a financial award to compensate you for past and future medical treatments related to the accident, lost income, and pain and suffering.
In personal injury cases, our team can negotiate an out-of-court settlement on your behalf if that is what you wish to do. If that is not possible, however, we will take a case to trial to seek a financial award that you feel is fair and meets your needs. If you choose to hire an attorney, we can help you accurately calculate this award.
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Seeking justice in a hit and run accident is challenging, but Ben Crump Law, PLLC, does not shy away from difficult cases. Our team can investigate and work to track down the driver and hold him or her accountable.
If you are concerned about legal fees, you should not be. We understand that people who have been injured by the actions of others are often unable to pay an attorney out of pocket. That is why our firm operates on a contingency model. If you choose us to represent you in your personal injury case, we will not charge you any upfront fees. We are paid only if we obtain a financial award for you.
Hiring an attorney is an important personal decision. If you are thinking about taking legal action, be advised that you have a deadline to file a lawsuit, which means you do not have a lot of time to act.
The statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years, according to the CCP § 335.1. Finding the driver in a hit and run accident case can require a great deal of time, so the sooner you contact an Oakland hit and run accident lawyer, the more time we will have to devote to investigating and building a case. We are ready to start working for you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 to talk to a member of our staff during a free consultation.