You may have read reports over the weekend how a U-Haul truck driver slammed into a group of pedestrians in Downtown LA. Several pedestrians and motorists were injured, and the driver tried fleeing the scene, making the accident another hit-and-run in Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, nearly 20,000 hit-and-runs occur every year in the City. Worse, police usually only solve one out of five cases.
With such astounding numbers, there are measures that you can take to be prepared for a Los Angeles hit-and-run crash.
1. Call 911. The law requires drivers to pull over and exchange information after an accident. Once you pull over, if you see the other drive fleeing, law enforcement needs to be alerted that a serious crime just occurred. Emergency dispatch will likely ask you:
2. Get as much information as you can. Did you catch the color, make and model of the car that hit you? Were you able to catch any portion of the car’s license plate? Can you give a description of the driver? Were there any witnesses? Jot down these details on your Auto Accident Checklist!
3. File a police report. Once the dust clears (and you’ve undergone medical treatment if necessary), you’ll need to visit a police station to file a hit-and-run report. This is actually a very important step, especially if you plan on pursuing an uninsured motorist claim. More on that below.
4. Call an attorney ASAP. If you were injured by a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles, you should contact a Los Angeles accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you file a police report, and he or she will also help determine whether you have a viable uninsured motorist claim.
Uninsured motorist claims can be made if you’re the victim of a hit-and-run, provided that you carry uninsured motorist coverage under your auto insurance policy.
For questions about your particular case, contact a Los Angeles hit-and-run attorney as soon as possible.