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How Can I Recover Damages After a Hit-and-Run?

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Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can be a harrowing experience. Not only are you dealing with the aftermath of the collision, but you also have the stress of not knowing who hit you. If you cannot get a clear image of the other driver’s license plate number or a description of the car, seeking compensation for your damages can seem challenging.

Recovering Deserved Compensation

After an accident, there are a few options available to the victim if the other driver cannot be found:

  • Using their collision coverage (if they opted in).
  • MedPay coverage.
  • Contacting a personal injury attorney.

Collision Coverage

Unlike many other states, California does not allow policyholders to use their Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage to reimburse for damages resulting from a hit-and-run accident. In this case, drivers may be able to use their collision coverage to pay for property damages.

MedPay Coverage

In the state of California, Med-Pay insurance is a type of insurance that helps cover the medical expenses of those injured in an accident, regardless of who is at fault. This type of insurance is sometimes offered as an add-on to auto insurance policies but can also be purchased as a standalone policy.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

An attorney can be invaluable in helping to track down the responsible party in a hit-and-run. Here are some ways an attorney can help:

Witnesses - One of the first steps an attorney will take is to try to track down witnesses to the accident. Witnesses can provide valuable information about what happened and help to identify the responsible party.

Security footage - Attorneys will also check for security footage from any nearby businesses or homes. This footage can often provide clear images of the vehicles involved in the accident and any identifying features of the driver.

Work with Law Enforcement: After gathering substantial evidence, a personal injury attorney can work with the local law enforcement and aid them in locating the at-fault driver.

San Francisco Car Accident Attorneys

A hit-and-run accident can leave victims feeling overwhelmed, confused, and frightened. In addition to the physical injuries sustained in the collision, victims may also suffer from emotional trauma and financial stress. The car accident attorneys at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn understand the challenges hit-and-run accident victims face and are dedicated to helping them recover the compensation they deserve.

Contact Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn today at (415) 940-7176 to schedule a free consultation.