Though it’s unthinkable, many drivers who cause a Los Angeles car accident flee the accident scene. If you lack the proper insurance coverage, you might have a difficult time filing a claim, especially is the driver who caused your accident is never located.

The three most common reasons why hit-and-run drivers flee

National statistics show the number of drivers who are fleeing the scenes of deadly car accidents have been on the rise in recent years. Though many experts are left unable to explain this phenomenon, the common reasons why these drivers flee cannot be refuted. They include drivers who:
  • Are wanted by the police
  • Do not have a valid driver’s license or proof on insurance
  • Are driving drunk or under the influence of drugs

Making sure that you have the proper insurance coverage

You can’t always control what another driver will do following a Los Angeles car accident, however you can insure that you are properly covered in the event a driver flees the scene of your accident. You should make sure that you have uninsured motorist coverage insurance. This type of insurance coverage will ensure that your damages are paid for in the event you are injured.

How you can help discourage other hit-and-run car accidents

Even if you are not the victim, there are certain things you can do to discourage hit-and-run accidents and help other victims. In the event you witness a car accident, you should:
  • Stop at the accident scene
  • Call 911
  • Take down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident
  • Report this information to police, especially if one of the drivers flees the accident scene

Filing your claim

Even if you are properly covered, it’s important to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your damages. The team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers is experienced in dealing with insurance companies and will work hard to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

To learn more about your accident case, call us to order your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, contact one of our experienced Los Angeles, California car accident attorneys for a free case evaluation at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982