FRESNO HIT AND RUN CAR ACCIDENT: WHAT TO DO NEXT
Victim of a Hit & Run?
Automobile accidents are something we all try to avoid. Even a minor fender bender can create an annoying amount of hassle. You have to contact your insurance company, get repair estimates, and find a rental car. What can make a traffic accident even worse is when the other driver flees the scene, refusing to take their share of responsibility for the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, you need to consult an experienced Fresno car accident attorney. The Law Office of Rick D. Banks has successfully represented traffic injury victims in California’s Central Valley for over 20 years. We can help you.
To find out if you have a viable hit and run personal injury claim, call (559) 222-4891 for a free case assessment.
California Hit and Run Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), in the year 2010, 19,009 people were injured in hit and run accidents in California, and 147 were killed. Over half the deaths, 83 people, were pedestrians.
California Hit and Run Statutes
Two statutes cover California hit and run crimes:
- California Vehicle Code 20002 is a misdemeanor hit and run charge in which only property is damaged (car, house, fence, etc.).
- California Vehicle Code 20001 is a felony hit and run charge in which the accident caused physical injury or death.
Hit and Run Injury Damages and Compensation in Fresno
In an age of Smart phones, surveillance cameras, and GPS, it’s easier than ever to track down a hit and run driver. If you’re injured in a hit and run accident and the driver is identified, you could be entitled to sue for compensation for such damages as:
- Medical bills (including ambulance and emergency room fees, medications, surgeries, and long term treatment, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Special equipment (such as wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps, etc.)
- Professional in home care (nurses, physical therapists, etc.)
- Lost wages due to time off from work
- Diminished earning capacity
- Occupational therapy (if you’re unable to return to your former profession)
- Permanent injury or disability
Wrongful Death Damages and Compensation
The tragedy of losing someone in a hit and run accident is something no family should have to go through. But if you do, in addition to criminal penalties, the hit and run driver can be held liable for the following damages:
- All medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement benefits, etc.)
- Loss of companionship, consortium, affection, guidance, etc.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run accident, you do have rights and options. To get the justice you deserve, you need the representation of an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney.
The Law Office of Rick D. Banks has represented Central Valley injury victims for over 15 years. We’re dedicated to getting you the best settlement possible so you and your family can move on and rebuild.
Call our offices today at (559) 222-4891 for a free consultation.