Far too often, irresponsible and reckless drivers commit deadly moving violations and may leave the accident scene. Sometimes, the driver’s decision to flee and not call the police or emergency first responders may have tragic consequences. While hit-and-run accidents happen in all 50 states, California ranks at the top for fatal hit-and-run collisions.
California’s hit-and-run dilemma
The statistics covering the years 2010 to 2019 show that many people lost their lives in hit-and-run accidents in the Golden State. Specifically, 2,948 people died. The amount reflects 17% of all hit-and-run deaths in the United States during the period.
Of course, the fact that California is a highly populated state with many millions of people living there contributes to the figure. Millions of cars driving on thousands of miles of road could boost the risks of accidents. And some drivers panic and flee accident scenes.
Hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian is a crime in California, and such reckless drivers could face felony charges. While victims or their surviving family members may pursue a criminal complaint, the driver’s legal problems might not end there. A civil claim could seek compensation for injuries or wrongful death.
Legal action after a hit-and-run collision
Victims of hit and runs could file a lawsuit against the driver. Although the driver might think they escaped responsibility, anyone recording the license plate may report the number to the police. A smartphone’s camera might record the fleeing driver, adding possible evidence to any civil proceedings.
Plaintiffs may seek compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, income losses, and pain and suffering. If you or anyone you know has been the victim of a hit-and-run collision, please feel free to contact The Law Office of Aman N. Shah for a free consultation as to your legal options.