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In California, a victim of a hit and run accident resulting in injury may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was a result of the negligent actions of another. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the deceased’s relatives may file a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation.  The Ernst Law Group has extensive experience successfully winning large case settlements for injured persons who have been harmed in hit and run and other accidents.

Why do Drivers “Hit and Run?”

It is illegal for a driver to flee after striking another person. A driver who strikes another vehicle, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian must immediately stop and obtain aid. It is human and considerate to render assistance to an injured party. Why, then, do drivers hit and run? There are several common reasons:

  • Unlicensed driver – driver fears getting into more trouble for driving without a license
  • Uninsured driver – driving illegally without insurance
  • Person is without legal status to be in the country – may fear arrest, deportation
  • Driver has criminal background – the hit and run driver may fear being discovered and identified by authorities because of a criminal background or may have a pending criminal case; may be “on the lam”
  • Fear – sometimes a hit and run driver panics and flees due to fear
  • Driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol – either didn’t realize accident occurred or fearful of facing penalties
  • Driver unaware of accident – in some cases the driver actually did not realize that another vehicle or pedestrian was struck

Whether a hit and run driver was aware they struck another vehicle or pedestrian or not, they are still responsible for their negligent actions. Drivers are criminally liable as well and may face years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines and loss of license. If you were struck by a vehicle that fled the scene of the accident, you may receive compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Ernst Law Group Helps Hit and Run Victims Obtain Compensation for Injuries or Death:

A hit and run accident victim may file a lawsuit for compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical expenses for past, current and future needs
  • Lost wages – past, present and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage – vehicle repair or replacement
  • Other compensation; in some cases punitive damages may apply

Call Today For a Free Consultation, No Up-Front Fees to Hit and Run Victims

Ernst Law Group is a plaintiff’s-rights law firm. They believe in helping the injured party. The hit and run driver needs to be held accountable for their actions. Damages will be calculated by consulting with medical experts, life planners and accountants; we consult with the top experts in each field. We will seek compensation from the insurance company; if we are not satisfied with the amount offered, the case may proceed to trial in order to get a verdict. If the driver has assets that may be attached, that will also be pursued – all in an effort to make the victim as whole again as possible. There are no upfront fees in contingency cases; we earn our money when we win your case.

For a free consultation, contact the Ernst Law Group by calling 805-541-0300. You may also email us at [email protected].

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How Can Ernst Law Group Help?

Ernst Law Group custom tailors our representation to you. Our San Luis Obispo personal injury attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and Top Trial Attorneys by numerous organizations including the highest possible rating for ethics and skill. We have developed our negotiation and litigation expertise by successfully taking on the tough cases and fighting against the biggest corporations and insurance companies. We will put our decades of collective expertise to work when representing you in court if you’ve been harmed or a loved one lost his life due to negligence.


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