What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Los Angeles

A man is lying injured on the road after being hit by a black car that is driving away from the scene.

 

Were you hurt in a car accident caused by a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles?  It’s essential to take prompt action to preserve your options for seeking financial recovery for your injuries and related losses. 

What Constitutes a Hit-and-Run Crash in California? 

Under California Vehicle Code §20001 and §20002, a driver involved in a collision must stop their vehicle at a location nearest to the spot of the crash without impeding traffic or jeopardizing the safety of other road users. The driver must then exchange information with the other drivers involved in the collision or owners of property damaged in the crash and assist anyone injured in the crash.  

When a driver fails to promptly stop after a collision and fulfill their obligations under the Vehicle Code, they commit the criminal offense of hit-and-run.  

Beyond breaking the law, a driver who hits another motorist and flees the scene leaves their victims without financial recourse for their injuries and other losses. Fortunately, hit-and-run accident victims have steps they can take to protect their rights and put themselves in the best position to pursue compensation for injuries in a hit-and-run crash.   

Your Plan of Action After an LA Hit-and-Run Accident 

Knowing what to do after a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident will give you a better chance of securing financial relief for your injuries and property damage. Here are some actions to take after a hit-and-run crash in Los Angeles: 

  • Make a mental note of anything that could identify the other vehicle and its driver, including the make, model, and color of the car, the vehicle’s license plate number (even a partial one), and a physical description of the driver.
  • Report the accident to law enforcement. If an officer comes to the accident scene, remember to ask for a copy of the police report.
  • Seek immediate medical attention to diagnose, treat, and document any injuries you sustained in the crash.
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment plan for your injuries, and do not put off medical care or rehabilitation. 
  • Request copies of medical records of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Review your car insurance policy to determine if you have uninsured motorist coverage (UM) that could pay for your losses if the hit-and-run driver is never found.
  • Contact a hit-and-run accident attorney from The Shamsi Law Firm, APC, as soon as possible to discuss your case and learn more about your options for recovering the compensation you deserve.

How Our Law Firm Helps People Hurt by Hit-and-Run Drivers in Los Angeles 

The legal team at The Shamsi Law Firm, APC, works tirelessly to obtain the financial resources hit-and-run accident victims need to recover from catastrophic injuries. We can help you by: 

  • Thoroughly investigating the accident, including looking for evidence that can help locate the hit-and-run driver
  • Evaluating your legal options for financial recovery, including the availability of MedPay or uninsured motorist coverage
  • Documenting your injuries and calculating your damages, including ongoing and future anticipated losses
  • Dealing with insurance adjusters to take the stress of the claims process off your shoulders
  • Vigorously pursuing maximum compensation for you through a settlement with the insurance company or, if necessary, by going to court

Talk to Our Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney Now 

Get the legal help you need after a Los Angeles hit-and-run accident and pursue financial recovery for your medical expenses, car repairs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Contact The Shamsi Law Firm, APC, today for a free, no-obligation consultation with an auto accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. 

When accident victims need a strong advocate, they turn to the Shamsi Law Firm. Nothing matters more to Sean Shamsi than helping injured clients get the maximum compensation they deserve to put their lives back on track.