Hit & Run Accidents More Than $175 Million Recovered | Over 30 Years of Experience

Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney

Hit-and-Run Accidents in Southern California

damaged car on side of road after hit and run accident​Hit-and-run accident cases are usually more complicated than other motor vehicle accidents. Although the victims may sustain similar injuries and damages as victims of other types of motor vehicle accidents, they can rarely describe the drivers or cars in great detail. Identifying the at-fault party and holding them accountable for their actions is a job for a highly skilled personal injury attorney. This means talking to a qualified personal injury law firm, like Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation.

If you or someone you love was involved in an accident caused by a driver who fled the scene, turn to our Los Angeles hit-and-run accident lawyer, Scott J. Corwin. With more than 30 years of experience and over $175 million recovered in compensation for 3,000+ clients, he has the experience, insight, and dedication to effectively advocate for you.

Contact us online or call our office at (310) 683-2300 for a free consultation. We serve clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.

What is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, property, or person, and the driver leaves the scene without providing their contact information or offering assistance. Hit-and-run accidents can result in serious legal implications for the fleeing driver and can lead to severe consequences for the victim(s) who may be left without help or compensation for damages or injuries.

In California, committing a hit-and-run is a crime. Anyone found guilty of committing a hit-and-run will face both criminal and administrative penalties, from jail time to steep fines. Additionally, victims can seek fair compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, future care costs, lost income/wages, and pain and suffering.

How Common Are Hit-and-Run Accidents?

The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that there were 398 confirmed hit-and-run crash fatalities in 2020 (most recent data year available). In 2021, the OTS also recorded 26,601 serious injuries in hit-and-run crashes, which include injuries that need medical attention or hospitalization. Altogether, approximately 21,000 hit-and-run accidents caused at least one injury and/or fatality in 2021.

Why Do Hit-and-Runs Happen?

Hit-and-run accidents happen for various reasons, but some common factors include:

  • Fear of Consequences: The driver might be afraid of legal repercussions, especially if they're driving without a license, insurance, or have outstanding legal issues.
  • Intoxication: A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol might panic and flee the scene to avoid DUI charges or related penalties.
  • Lack of Responsibility: Some individuals might lack a sense of responsibility or empathy, choosing to prioritize their own interests over the well-being of others.
  • Panic or Shock: In some cases, drivers might be in a state of shock or panic after an accident, leading them to leave without thinking clearly about their actions.
  • Unawareness: Sometimes, drivers may not even realize they've caused an accident, especially in cases of minor collisions, and unintentionally leave the scene.
  • Financial Reasons: Some individuals might not have insurance or fear that their insurance rates will rise, prompting them to flee to avoid financial consequences.
  • Criminal Intent: In more severe cases, hit-and-runs might be intentional, such as when a crime has been committed, and the driver doesn't want to be identified or caught.

What Should You Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Being involved in any car accident is a frightening experience. After a hit-and-run accident, you may feel especially confused as to what to do and how to protect your rights. However, there are many things you can do to build the strongest possible case.

If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, try to do the following:

  • Seek medical attention right away; if necessary, call 911
  • Remember and write down as much information and detail about the accident as you can
  • If there are witnesses to the accident, ask for their names and contact information
  • If possible, take photos to visually record the aftermath of the accident or collision
  • Do not chase the perpetrator; this can get you into another accident and put others at risk
  • File a police report and provide as many details as possible about the at-fault driver
  • Contact an attorney with experience in hit-and-run auto accident claims

At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, our hit-and-run accident lawyer in Los Angeles handles a broad spectrum of motor vehicle accident cases, including those that involve hit-and-run accidents and uninsured drivers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, as well as throughout the state of California. We will do our utmost to help track down the at-fault party and obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Recovering Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Accident

It is galling when a stranger causes you serious injury only to then speed away. Where do you turn for compensation? How can you recover damages when the at-fault party cannot be identified?

Depending on the specifics of your case, you may have several options when it comes to recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident:

  • Filing an Uninsured Motorist (UM) Claim: If you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, you may file a UM claim with your own auto insurance provider. In California, this type of insurance is not mandatory; however, your insurance provider must offer it to you. If you have declined UM insurance, you are not covered. Our team can review your policy to determine if you may be covered by UM insurance or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.
  • Filing a Claim or Lawsuit Against the at-Fault Driver: If the police can identify and locate the hit-and-run driver, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against their insurance provider. If they do not have insurance, or if their insurance company denies your claim, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit directly against the hit-and-run driver. Our hit-and-run accident attorney in Los Angeles can help you explore your legal options.
  • Other Insurance Claim Options: Even if you do not have UM or UIM insurance, you may be partially or fully covered for specific losses after a hit-and-run accident through your regular auto insurance. Depending on the type of coverage you have—collision, liability, comprehensive, personal injury protection (PIP) or Medical Payments (MedPay), etc.—you could be able to file a claim with your own insurance company.

Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Scott J. Corwin knows how to help injured accident victims obtain compensation after hit-and-run collisions and uninsured motorist cases. Our firm is here to handle every legal detail so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.

We Can Answer Your Questions. Call Today.

Are you worried about the cost of retaining a hit-and-run accident lawyer? Don’t be. You only pay attorney fees if we win your case. All personal injury and wrongful death cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only receive legal fees if we recover a settlement or verdict for you.

If you've been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, here are several reasons why you should hire Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation:

  • Legal Guidance: We can provide expert legal guidance throughout the process, helping you understand your rights and the steps to take after such an incident.
  • Investigation: Our team can conduct a thorough investigation into the accident, working with authorities and experts to gather evidence and identify the responsible party.
  • Maximizing Compensation: We aim to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you're entitled to for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident.
  • Dealing with Insurance Companies: We handle negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf, advocating for your best interests and preventing you from being taken advantage of by aggressive insurers.
  • Legal Proceedings: In case the hit-and-run driver is found, we'll represent you in legal proceedings, ensuring your rights are protected and seeking justice on your behalf.
  • Emotional Support: Dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run can be emotionally draining. We offer support and guidance, giving you peace of mind during this challenging time.
  • Experience and Expertise: With our experience in handling similar cases, we understand the complexities of hit-and-run accidents and have the expertise to navigate the legal system efficiently.

Hiring a lawyer after a hit-and-run accident can significantly increase your chances of obtaining fair compensation and justice while alleviating the stress associated with dealing with legal and insurance matters on your own.

It costs you absolutely nothing to have our experienced lawyer review your case. Request a free case evaluation by calling Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, toll-free at (310) 683-2300 or contact us online today.

Car Accident-Related Case results

Over $175 Million Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Car Accident $1,250,000

    Driver injured in collision with vehicle that crossed over into his lane.

  • Car Accident $1,000,000

    Rear-end collision exacerbates pre-existing back condition.

  • Car Accident $1,000,000

    Driver injured in nighttime collision with overturned big rig on highway.

  • Car Accident Injury $850,000

    Eight-year-old boy struck and killed by vehicle while crossing busy thoroughfare.

  • Brain Injury $780,000 Settlement

    Stopped vehicle rear-ended by pickup.

  • Car Accident $410,000 Settlement

    Driver injured when broadsided by left-turning vehicle.

  • Car Accident $350,000 Settlement

    Consecutive accidents injure motorist’s lower back.

  • Car Accident $331,705 Settlement

    Driver suffers lumbar sprains following rear-end collision.

  • Car Accident $310,000 Settlement

    Driver injured in collision when vehicle enters his lane.

  • Car Accident $303,750 Settlement

    Driver suffers injuries in rear-ender.

  • Car Accident $300,000 Settlement

    Driver and two passengers injured in rear-end collision.

  • Car Accident $300,000 Settlement

    Driver rear-ended after stopping for traffic.

  • Car Accident $280,000 Settlement

    Driver rear-ended on I-5 while on the job.

  • Car Accident $260,000 Settlement

    Passenger injured when struck by vehicle.

  • Car Accident $260,000 Settlement

    Driver injured in collision with vehicle exiting alley.

  • Car Accident $255,000 Settlement

    Driver rear-ended while stopped in traffic.

  • Car Accident $250,000 Settlement

    Aspiring model injured in vehicle collision.

  • Car Accident $250,000 Settlement

    Driver sustains injuries in rear-ender after slowing to enter driveway.

  • Car Accident $250,000 Settlement

    Driver sustains injuries in collision with left-turning vehicle.

  • Car Accident $250,000 Settlement

    Driver’s pre-existing back injury aggravated in rear-end collision.

  • Car Accident $250,000 Settlement

    Driver allegedly runs red light, causing collision

What Sets Us Apart

Quality Legal Representation Your Case Needs
  • Fast, Favorable Resolutions

    At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand the importance of securing a favorable outcome in your case, fast. More than 95 percent of our clients’ cases settle within 5 to 9 months, and our clients are very satisfied with the results (see our client reviews!). We only file lawsuits when absolutely necessary, such as in cases where the defendant disputes liability or refuses to pay for the full extent of our client’s damages.

  • Renowned Reputation

    With more than 30 years in practice and over $175 million recovered for his clients, Scott is known for his aggressive approach to litigation. Some of his accolades include:

    • Inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2007, a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all personal injury lawyers in the region
    • Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer”
    • Named a Top 25 Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association since 2010
    • Maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo

  • Personal Attention

    At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we believe in developing strong attorney-client relationships built on honesty, trust, and communication. As a client, you will always receive direct, personal attention from Scott; your case will never be passed off to an associate or paralegal. Instead, you can always rely on dedicated representation from a highly experienced and award-winning attorney who is ready to fight for you.

  • Zero Upfront Fees

    Our firm offers all personal injury and wrongful death legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees or expenses. Instead, we only get paid if and when we recover compensation for you. In the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you do not pay a dime. We also offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose in reaching out to our team today. Contact our firm 24/7 and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

Client Reviews

Here What People Have to Say About Scott
  • Needed help with a 4-car collision. He took care of everything on his end.

    - Earon Bagunu
  • I am not one to write reviews but after an unfortunate car accident, I am so glad I called Scott Corwin.

    - Catherine Lenke
  • A month ago, I was involved in a car crash and broke my right wrist. The process with this attorney was pretty fast. Scott was able to help me and also Julie was always super nice and very professional. I’m very glad everything was easy and fast.

    - Sabrina Guna
  • Scott got the personal injury settlement amount I expected to get (actually a few percent more). He was quiet and efficient, not a time-waster. Perfect fit for a working person.

    - Carl Hoppe
  • Thanks again Scott and Staff for your great work. My family and I are fortunate to have you all by our side in times of need.

    - Maria Mejia
Client Testimonials


Our Awards & Recognitions In The Legal Community

  • NTLA Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers
    NTLA Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers
  • NTLA Top 25 Brain Injury Trial Lawyers
    NTLA Top 25 Brain Injury Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawers
    Super Lawers
  • Avvo 10.0
    Avvo 10.0
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • Litigator Awards
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  • Consumer Lawyer of Los Angeles
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