How to File a Claim After a Hit-and-Run

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Adelanto Thursday night. The pedestrian crash occurred around 11:22 p.m. near Bellflower Street and Wildfire Way.

Sheriff’s officials say the pedestrian was crossing the street using the crosswalk. He was then struck by a gray sedan traveling north on Bellflower Street. The driver continued on Bellflower without stopping. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital for injuries to his knee and ankle. Police are still searching for the suspect. Anyone with information should contact the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6800.

Seeking Compensation After a Hit-and-Run

In California, all drivers are required by law to stop immediately after being involved in a crash that has resulted in the death or injury of another person. They are also required to cooperate with police, and to do what they can to assist the injured person. A hit-and-run is a serious offense, and can result in jail time and significant fines.

If the suspect is caught, the hit-and-run victim can file a lawsuit against the driver to seek compensation for their damages. Unfortunately, hit-and-run suspects are not always caught. This leaves victims with less options for seeking compensation for their injuries. If the hit-and-run driver who injured you is not found, you will likely have to file a claim with your own insurance company. Your uninsured motorist coverage can be used to cover damages caused by a hit-and-run driver who cannot be found.

“We hope police are able to catch the hit-and-run suspect that injured this pedestrian in Adelanto,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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