4 Mistakes to Avoid in a Hit-And-Run Accident

After being injured in a hit-and-run accident, you may experience a sense of helplessness. When a driver flees the scene of an accident, it becomes challenging for the other party to seek the fair compensation they deserve for their losses. However, it is not impossible. When you know the right steps to take after a hit-and-run accident, you can increase your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries. 

Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. is a California personal injury law firm with almost 30 years of experience helping victims of hit-and-run accidents recover the damages they deserve. We will fight for you and get to the heart of what really happened so that you may receive justice. 

What Not to Do After a Hit-And-Run Accident in California

A standard car accident is a naturally highly stressful situation. However, if the driver who hit you flees the scene, it can only increase anxiety levels. Even though the other driver left the scene of the accident, you can still pursue justice for your losses. It helps to avoid the following mistakes:

  • Waiting to recall information: After a hit-and-run, you may be feeling overwhelmed, but it is crucial that after you are hit, you recall as much information about the driver who hit you as possible. As soon as possible, write down the make and color of their vehicle, any details you remember about the driver (male or female, hair color, etc.), and if you are able, their license plate number. 
  • Choosing not to call police: Some accident victims will decline to call emergency services following a hit-and-run because they feel it is pointless. Not only is it crucial that you contact law enforcement for your safety and well-being, it is also vital to ensure that the accident is documented through a police report. 
  • Declining medical treatment: Even if you do not feel that you are seriously injured, you should still seek medical help following a hit-and-run. This is a crucial step that will play a role in the case that follows.
  • Choosing not to file a claim: Just because the driver who hit you has fled the scene does not mean that you are no longer entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. While a hit-and-run claim may be more challenging than a traditional car accident claim, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. 

You shouldn’t have to go through the California claims process alone, especially if you have been through a hit-and-run. To get help with your hit-and-run injury claim, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. 

How Much Compensation Can You Retain From a Hit-And-Run Claim?

Each hit-and-run case is different. While there is no blueprint that defines a set amount of compensation a person can expect to receive from their claim, there are several elements that may help calculate what you may be owed. The damages you may be eligible to receive following a car accident are as follows:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

If you are unsure what damages you may be eligible for after a hit-and-run in California, contact a lawyer who may be able to help by going over the specific details of your case. 

Contact a California Hit-And-Run Lawyer Today

After you have been injured in a hit-and-run, it is your legal right to pursue justice for the losses you have suffered as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. The legal team at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. is here to fight for you and pursue the maximum compensation for your claim.

Attorney Eric Ratinoff has been providing outstanding legal representation for nearly 30 years. To schedule a free consultation, contact us here or call (916) 970-9100.