Anyone hurt in a serious accident will find their life turned upside down- but the problems may be even worse in hit and run accidents. Many of these incidents leave behind at least one fatality, and California is towards the top of a nationwide list for fatal issues around hit and runs.
In fact, California, Texas, and Florida were the top three states across the U.S. for fatal hit and run incidents. There are legal reasons not to leave the scene of an accident, since this could lead to criminal charges as well as personal injury claims. When someone is hit and killed, however, this causes some people to panic and flee the scene.
If a person leaves the scene when the victim was severely injured, the driver might have given up an opportunity to save that victim’s life. Hit and run crashes are on the rise- in 2016, there were more than 2,000 people killed in a hit and run accident. That’s a 60% percent increase from the last data collected in 2009. Nearly 65 percent of those fatalities affected someone on a bike.
If you’ve lost a loved one because of a hit and run and need advice about how to proceed, schedule a time to talk with a San Francisco hit and run accident lawyer today. While no amount of money will undo the damage done, you could be eligible to talk to an attorney to recover compensation.