Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer, Sacramento, CA - Sacramento County
Defined as any accident in which the responsible party flees the scene of the accident, hit and run car accidents are emotionally and physically traumatic. Being in any car accident isn't a pleasant experience and being in a hit-and-run accident is only worse. A hit-and-run accident occurs when one or more of the drivers involved in the accident flee the scene of the crash. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are more common than you would like to expect.
Statistics show that hit-and-run accidents make up 10-15% of all car accidents in the United States. Hit-and-run drivers are commonly fleeing the scene of an accident that left the other party seriously injured or dead. In fact, the reports of several reputable agencies such as, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), and the American Automobile Association (AA) show that one in ten accidents that are reported to the police involve a hit and run driver.
Fortunately, the majority of hit and run accidents occur only when minor damages are apparent. Minor collisions and slight fender benders seem to garner the most hit and run drivers. This could be due to insurance issues, driver’s license issues or any number of financial and legal troubles. According to statistics, hit and run accidents typically happen at night and during the weekend.What Brings a Person to Flee the Scene of an Accident Like This?
Many hit-and-run drivers are found to have invalid driver's license or none at all. In fact, in California, people who do not hold a valid driver's license cause a whopping 49% of hit-and-run accidents.
Many drivers do not have valid licenses for a number of reasons. Some of the most common are:
- license revoked due to drunk or reckless driving or drug charges,
- drivers who can't or will not pay for insurance,
- and non-citizens who were never licensed to begin with.
California state law states that anyone involved in an accident must immediately stop and pull to the side of the road if necessary. To commit a hit-and-run accident is a serious offense, punishing by time in prison and fines. It is illegal to flee and accident in every state in the U.S. In California and some other states, a person is also held responsible for providing aid and assistance to injured people and reporting any deaths.
One of the most important things to have in a hit-and-run car accident is good insurance. This is especially true in the case where you are unable to locate the responsible hit-and-run driver. To protect yourself against a financial burden in a situation like this, you should have an insurance policy that includes collision coverage, medical coverage or body damage coverage for yourself when involved in an accident. Adding uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is also a very smart addition to your insurance policy, protecting against people who are driving with inadequate policy limits or without insurance.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run car accident, call Sacramento car accident attorney, Moseley Collins. There is no fee to start and no cost to you unless we win.
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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