While some accidents are beyond our control (hazardous weather, equipment malfunction, poor road conditions), everyone has the ability to decide what to do after a car accident. When a driver flees the scene after a serious accident, he or she is breaking the law and potentially endangering the lives of injured passengers who need immediate medical assistance. If you sustained serious injuries or lost a loved one in a hit and run accident, the Santa Rosa injury lawyers at Edgar Law Firm can help you seek justice against negligent drivers.
Our Santa Rosa injury attorneys have more than three decades of combined legal experience to help your case. We offer free consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay us any fees – our hit and run lawyer will only receive compensation if you obtain a favorable verdict or settlement in your favor.
California Laws for Hit and Run Drivers
California has strict laws that punish hit and run drivers. Anyone involved in a serious accident must remain at the scene until an officer arrives. If possible, other drivers must offer “reasonable assistance” to injured passengers, including taking them to the hospital or calling emergency services. If drivers leave the scene without speaking with police officers or helping injured passengers, they could face thousands of dollars in fines, years and jail and lawsuits from injured survivors or family members of deceased victims.
The minutes immediately following a car accident are crucial. If injured victims do not receive immediate medical care after an accident, they may succumb to fatal or paralyzing injuries. Hit and run drivers, by failing to help these victims, may be responsible for damages related to:
- Physical pain and trauma
- Loss of limb
- Emotional trauma
- Medical costs
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium for a deceased loved one
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Proving Negligence in Car Accident
In order to prevail in a car accident lawsuit, you must be able to prove four main criteria:
- Current road conditions required all drivers to obey the law
- A driver broke the law
- Breaking the law caused injury
- The injury resulted in damages or losses
When a driver leaves the accident scene prematurely, he or she is clearly breaking the law and putting the victim’s life at risk by failing to seek help immediately. The only valid reason to leave the scene of an accident is to report it or seek help.
If you know someone who sustained catastrophic injuries or died in a hit and run car accident, please consult the attorneys at Edgar Law Firm. During a free consultation, we will let you know if you have a viable personal injury or wrongful death suit. Call (800) 545-6409 to schedule yours.