In neighborhoods like Van Nuys, hit and run collisions are becoming a serious problem as hit and run fatalities are on the rise, and pedestrians are taking the brunt of the increase. This is frustrating to everyone on the roads of Van Nuys and other communities especially considering that overall, the nation has seen a significant drop in accident fatalities over the lase several decades.

Unfortunately, this played out in a crash Wednesday, July 8, 2020, when a 70-year-old victim was hit at Oxford Street and Cantaloupe Avenue and then died at the scene while the driver of the vehicle fled.

Police Looking for Suspect

As in many of these hit and run fatalities, police are left to search for the driver with very little description of the person or the vehicle. In this case, police while police have no description of the driver, however, they say they are looking for a vehicle with extensive damage to the front and a missing side-view mirror which was found at the scene.

Who Pays for Hit and Run Injuries or Deaths?

One of the unfortunate outcomes in many hit and run accidents is that the victim or their family is left bearing the financial responsibility. This can create a significant hardship due to the medical bills, lost time from work and any permanent disability from the accident.

If the driver isn’t found, then the driver’s insurance company can’t be identified and used to compensate the victim. When this happens, if the victim is left with paying for their own losses, or using their own insurance if they have it. In California, if a pedestrian victim has their own auto insurance—specifically an uninsured and underinsured motorist’s provision—then they can use this to cover some of the losses if they are hit by a motor vehicle regardless of whether the driver is ever caught.

Hit and Run Injuries

Injuries that stems from a hit and run pedestrian accident can be serious as pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in a collision with a motor vehicle. With no protection, even a small bump can cause serious damage, and then when the driver flees, help might be delayed which can make injuries worsen.

Some of the injuries that we at the Law Offices of Steers & Associates have seen are:

  • Severe Head Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Broken Ribs/Collarbones
  • Blunt Force Trauma
  • Organ Damage/Failure
  • Eye Injuries
  • Broken Arms and Legs
  • Air Bag Injuries

Call a Van Nuys Personal Injury Attorney

The best thing to do when injured due to someone else’s negligence is to talk to a Van Nuys Personal Injury  Attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law.

Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.