California has one of the highest rates of hit-and-run collisions, according to the National Highway Traﬃc Safety Administration (link). Pedestrians are among those at greatest risk for being seriously injured or killed in a hit-and-run accident. Especially in Central California where many pedestrians walk and bike around cities such as Bakersfield.
Many hit and run oﬀenses cause minor personal and property damage. In the Central Valley, tragic or fatal hit-and-runs happen more often than not! As mentioned, pedestrians are at the greatest risk, but there are many diﬀerent types of hit-and-run victim accidents, such as:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Auto accidents
In California vehicle code, hit-and-run oﬀenses can either be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. If the hit-and-run oﬀense caused damage to property, it can be charged as a misdemeanor. However, if the hit-and-run results in injury or death to another person, it will be charged as a felony. Hit-and-run collisions can cause sever damage and death and it’s important to have a friend to help guide you during this tragic time.
When negligent drivers, such as, driving under the influence or those texting while driving, causes damage to you, your family, or your property…you need closure. Closure that only an experienced, educated, and compassionate lawyer can give you. Contact Donald Colvin to start your claim.