Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
By some estimations from groups like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), upwards of 12 percent of all motorists on America’s roads do not have auto insurance coverage. To make matters even more frustrating, there is not even a guarantee that if you get hit by a driver that they will stay to make sure you are okay. Countless hit-and-run accidents happen every year, which involve a driver leaving the scene before they exchange insurance and identifying information.
If you were in a hit-and-run while riding your motorcycle, then know you aren’t alone. Please also know that you do have the right to seek legal counsel for compensation. Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation can help you understand your legal options after a hit-and-run wreck, so you do not need to worry about handling complex situations on your own.
Please call (310) 683-2300 now to speak with Attorney Scott J. Corwin and his team.
Why Do Drivers Commit Hit-and-Run Accidents?
Committing a hit-and-run accident is illegal in California and can result in serious criminal charges. With such steep consequences waiting for anyone convicted of a hit-and-run, why do so many drivers commit this crime, especially after hitting a motorcyclist? Sometimes, the reason is as simple as the driver panics and flees the scene hoping to avoid being caught and held criminally responsible. Other times, the answer is that the driver knows that they will be blamed for the accident and held civilly liable, which will damage their finances through higher insurance premiums. It might not be personal, but it is inexcusable, as guilty drivers should be required to compensate you fairly for your injuries and losses.
What to Do After a Hit-and-Run
Being injured by a driver who then runs away from the scene before you can identify creates a challenge, but it is not an impossible situation to overcome. If you take the right steps after being in a hit-and-run accident, then you might still have a chance to seek compensation from one source or another.
After a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, you should:
- Call 911: Emergency responders should be called to the scene for any motorcycle accident that causes an injury, which is nearly all of them. When you call 911, be sure to tell them if the other motorist left or seems like they are about to leave.
- Remember as much as you can: Try to photograph the other vehicle immediately, so you can record its license plate. Also, try to remember as much as you can about the vehicle and driver, including in which direction they went when they fled the scene. Every detail you can provide will be helpful to police investigators.
- See a doctor: If you are not taken to the emergency room in an ambulance after a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, then you should still go to an urgent care facility within the next hour or so. A doctor can review your health and make a note in your medical record that you were hit by a car on that day and that is how you suffered your injuries.
Using Uninsured Motorist Insurance
Insurance companies view hit-and-run drivers and uninsured motorists as essentially the same type of driver. If you were hit by a driver who left before they could be identified, then you should be able to use your uninsured motorist (UM) insurance to file against your insurance provider. This type of claim is known as a first-party claim.
Even though your motorcycle insurance company is obligated to honor your UM insurance policy, there is no guarantee that it will. You might end up in a legal battle with your insurer. Scott can assist you with any case, though, so you do not need to worry.
Request a Free Consultation Today
Do not feel like you are out of options and luck after being in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Make the first step toward recovery today by contacting Attorney Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation. Scott represents clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area and Southern California, such as San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Scott has recovered more than $125 million for his clients over 30 years of practice, so take advantage of his experience and call now.
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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.
With more than 30 years in practice and over $125 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
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.