Being involved in a car accident is always stressful and overwhelming. This only intensifies if the other driver involved in a car accident makes the decision to leave the scene of the accident. While being involved in a car accident is not illegal, making the decision to leave the scene of a car accident in which you were involved is actually a crime. If you suffered injuries related to a “hit and run” accident, you should understand that you still have legal rights.
California Penalties for Hit and Run Accidents
California law Vehicle Code 20002 VC specifically addresses misdemeanor hit and run accidents and makes it a crime in the State of California to leave the scene of an accident in which you were involved. Every person must provide their name, contact information, and insurance information after being involved in an accident in the State of California. If a person fails to do so and leaves the scene of the crime, then the person may be charged with a misdemeanor. If there was a serious accident that involved physical bodily injury or death, then the State of California will charge Vehicle Code 20001 VC, which is a felony charge.
Receiving Compensation Following a Hit and Run Accident
If you suffered injuries related to a hit and run accident, you may still have the ability to file charges against the other driver if the police are able to discover their identity through an investigation. In this case, the car accident insurance claim or personal injury case would move forward, and you would have the ability to receive compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages as a result of being unable to return to work, and pain and suffering.
Uninsured/Underinsured Insurance Claims
If the other driver is not found through an investigation, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries. While you are required to have car insurance coverage in the State of California, you are not required to have uninsured or underinsured insurance. All car insurance companies in California are required to offer these types of insurance, but a driver has the legal right to refuse to pay for these additional coverages.
If you are involved in a car accident with a hit and run driver, you may have the right to receive compensation from your own insurance company through uninsured coverage if you selected this type of insurance coverage and protection. Visiting with your insurance company directly is typically the best practice in order to determine your coverage and if you have this type of insurance in your policy.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you were involved in a car accident and the other driver leaves the scene of the accident, you may still have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact the experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose at 415-946-8900 or online today.
Delivery drivers often carry substantial loads and are on a tight time schedule with strict deadlines. As a result, some truck drivers fail to appropriately follow speed limits and traffic rules in order to reach their destination as quickly as possible. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established very specific regulations regarding large commercial trucks as well as any trucks that deliver goods that meet certain specifications. If you suffered any kind of injury or losses as a result of being hit by a delivery driver, there are several different parties that you may have the legal right to hold liable.
Delivery trucks are on the roadways far more frequently, as more and more people make the decision to quarantine at home due to COVID-19 and have their goods or groceries delivered. As a result, there is an increased pressure on delivery trucks to make substantial deliveries within strict timelines. Delivery trucks are often filled with significant cargo, which may not have been loaded appropriately. Safety requirements may not be followed as a result of hurrying to load cargo or deliver goods. If any accident results from the failure to follow safety regulations, a victim may have the legal right to pursue charges against several different entities.
Determination of Liability and Responsibility
Depending on the facts and circumstances of an accident involving a delivery truck or delivery vehicle, a victim of a delivery vehicle accident can file a claim against the following parties:
- The driver of the delivery truck or delivery vehicle
- The delivery company that hired the driver
- The company that has a fleet of delivery vehicles for its business that was responsible for hiring the delivery driver
- The owner of the delivery vehicle (which may be different than the parties listed above)
- Any third-party company that has the responsibility to load cargo in the delivery vehicle
- A manufacturer that designed or distributed a faulty part or component of the delivery vehicle that caused the accident.
Making a determination of legal liability and responsibility can be a complex and challenging legal task. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure that you receive a full and fair investigation of the accident, that a spoliation letter is issued to preserve evidence, that all parties are interviewed, and expert witnesses are available to testify to the determination of liability and responsibility for your injuries.
If you are ever involved in a car accident that results from someone else’s negligence, you will likely have to deal with an insurance company in order to obtain a settlement to compensate you for your injuries and losses. You should never expect that an insurance company has your best interest in mind during these negotiations. Learn the top five things car insurance companies do not want you to know regarding the process of attempting to receive the compensation you deserve after an accident.
They Will Make Filing and Paying a Claim Obnoxiously Long
The longer an insurance company draws out the process regarding a settlement offer, the longer they do not actually have to pay a victim. Additionally, some insurance companies hope that the long process will frustrate a victim so much that they will simply accept a lower settlement offer than they deserve. With mounting medical bills and life expenses, coupled with an inability to return to work, insurance companies know that victims count on settlements in order to pay daily expenses. Additionally, if they wait long enough to pay, a victim may fail to realize that the statute of limitations to file a claim in court has passed, leaving them with no legal ability to file a claim for the compensation they deserve.
Insurance Company Doctors Are Not Trustworthy
Insurance adjusters will always refer you to one of their doctors regarding your medical injuries in an attempt to find reasons to not fully pay a fair settlement claim. Doctors recommended by insurance companies will often attempt to find pre-existing conditions, arguing that your medical injuries are not the result of an accident at all. These tactics are simply used to discredit victims and minimize the amount of compensation offered as a settlement. Always make sure to visit your own doctor or medical professional in order to receive proper evaluation and treatment.
The Insurance Adjuster is Not Your Friend
Insurance adjusters will always come across as friendly and helpful. Many will ask simple questions such as how are you feeling today? If you say fine, they could use this answer against you regarding a lower settlement offer. Never make the assumption that the insurance adjuster is your friend. Most will sound very friendly and have manipulative tactics that attempt to endear themselves to victims. However, they have a vested interest in attempting to have you accept the lowest settlement offer possible. Never discuss anything with your adjuster that you do not have to, never offer complete medical records, and never allow yourself to be recorded.
The Insurance Company Does Not Want You to Sue
While an insurance company may use manipulative tactics in order to delay providing victims with appropriate settlement offers, they truly do not want a victim to sue for compensation following an accident. If a victim makes the decision to sue an insurance company for a fair and just settlement, they will have to expend additional resources and money in order to fight that lawsuit. This will only provide additional financial losses to the insurance company. Therefore, make sure to always stand your ground as it will likely provide you more of an opportunity to get the fair and just settlement that you deserve.
You Will Have a Lower Settlement Amount Without an Attorney
The truth is that you will likely have a lower settlement amount offered by an insurance company if you are not represented by an attorney. Insurance companies have adjusters who know manipulative tactics in order to get a victim to accept a lower settlement amount than they deserve. However, attorneys know these deceptive tactics and how to address them directly. If you suffered injuries and losses as a result of a car accident, make sure you have strong legal representation to get the settlement you deserve. Contact The Law Office of Daniel A. Rose as soon as possible, and our experienced accident lawyers will help you negotiate with the insurance company. Call for a free consultation today at 415-946-8900 or visit us online.
Any car accident can be overwhelming, and many people enter a state of shock following serious collisions. However, if you were involved in a car accident in the State of California, and your child was in the car with you, you may feel even more panicked or terrified. There are several steps you can take to ensure that your child receives the best possible treatment and care for their injuries and can receive justice if their injuries were due to someone else’s negligence.
Do Not Move Your Child
First, if your child is not injured in any way, or only has minor injuries, you may want to consider moving them from the vehicle, as there may be secondary accidents where other vehicles crash into the first accident causing a multiple-car pileup. However, if your child suffered injuries that seem serious or severe, you should make the decision to not move your child. Call 911 as soon as possible, and make sure to let them know that a child has been injured. This will alert emergency medical personal that there is a child on the scene of the accident to better prepare their medical attention and treatment. The police dispatcher may be able to help you make a decision regarding whether or not you should move your child out of the vehicle
Obtain Immediate Medical Evaluation and Treatment
If emergency personnel arrive at the scene of the accident, they will likely decide whether your child needs to go to the emergency room immediately. If they do not believe the injuries are severe enough to warrant an emergency room visit, you should still seek immediate medical evaluation from your personal physician or healthcare provider as soon as possible. Your child may have injuries that remain unnoticed for hours or even days such as traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, internal organ damage, fractured bones, whiplash, neck and spine injuries, or even nerve damage. The sooner your child is seen by a medical professional, the sooner they will be able to receive appropriate treatment.
Obtain a Police Report
While a police report will not help your child’s injuries, having an official copy will help you file a claim with an insurance company in order to receive compensation for your child’s suffering, medical bills, and pain due to someone else’s negligence. You have the right to hold those negligent parties responsible for your child’s injuries and receive compensation for the substantial medical bills you may have, as well as lost wages due to the inability to return to work as you care for your child.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If your child was injured in a car accident, contact The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose. We will work on your child’s behalf to ensure that you receive compensation and a just settlement. Contact our experienced car accident attorneys at 415-946-8900 or online today.