Hit and run accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Just consider singer Chris Brown, who was recently charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney with a misdemeanor criminal hit-and-run. According to news reports, the 24-year-old singer was also charged with driving without a valid license (in connection with a May car accident where he rear-ended a Mercedes). Allegedly, Brown refused to give his driver’s license to the other driver and gave fake insurance information before leaving the scene. If convicted, Brown could face six months in jail for each offense. No matter how you feel about Chris Brown, fleeing the scene of a car accident is against the law and is never okay in our eyes.
CA Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states that “the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to another person, other than himself or herself … shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” And still, according to the most recent California Highway Patrol traffic report, there were 147 fatalities and 19,009 injuries reported as a result of hit-and-run collisions statewide. In Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed 530 lives and caused 50,513 injuries in 2010. In fact, Los Angeles was recently named hit and run capital. If you or a loved one was involved in an auto accident, reach out to a skilled hit and run accident lawyer to assist you in fighting for your legal rights.
California law also requires drivers involved in an accident to share pertinent information with other parties such as address, driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance information. You need to contact an experienced hit and run accident lawyer in Los Angeles if you are involved in a collision with a driver who fled the scene.
Financial compensation for injured victims of hit-and-run accidents does exist. Contact an aggressive Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation, ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected and can advise you about how a car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is not apprehended or in a case where the driver is uninsured or underinsured.
For more information on financial recovery in hit and run accidents and to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles who will fight for your rights, contact BIKLAW today.