Whether you were hit as a driver, a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, or a bicyclist, the injuries you sustain in a hit-and-run accident can be severe and leave you with a lot of questions. Who is responsible? Who will pay for my medical bills? Who can I trust? Where can I turn? How can I get more information?
If you find yourself asking these kinds of questions after you or a loved one has been injured, an experienced Orange County accident attorney can be a valuable resource. OC hit-and-run accidents can be very complicated for victims, and it can be a hard road to pursue compensation for your injuries without informed legal advice.
Who Pays After an Orange County Hit-and-Run Accident?
Even before you file a hit-and-run injury claim, you face the complicated task of deciding where and how to file. Depending on the unique circumstances of your accident, any of the following parties could pay compensation:
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company. Even if the driver who caused the accident isn’t immediately found, it may be possible to identify the driver from evidence at the scene or reports from witnesses. You should then be able to obtain his or her insurance information and file a claim.
- Your insurance company. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist protection, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company for your hit-and-run accident injuries.
- State programs for California hit-and-run victims. As a last resort, you may be able to apply for compensation through certain state programs, like the California Victim Compensation Program.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in the OC, or if you have tragically lost a loved one to a hit-and-run driver, an experienced Orange County accident attorney would be happy to meet with you in a free, no-obligation consultation to answer your questions and provide further guidance. Give Russell & Lazarus a call today at (949) 851-0222 to speak with an Orange County hit-and-run lawyer and learn more.