Pedestrian Injured in Stockton Hit and Run Accident
A pedestrian was injured in a hit and run accident in Stockton on the afternoon of December 22, 2019. The pedestrian accident occurred around 4:40 p.m. at West Eighth Street and Lever Boulevard. According to the Stockton Police Department, two men were involved in a hit and run accident with a pedestrian, as well as an RTD bus in the area. There were no passengers on the RTD bus at the time of the crash. However, the pedestrian and the bus driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. The two men, identified as the driver and the passenger of the suspect vehicle, reportedly fled the scene on foot. The passenger was later located and arrested on unrelated charges. The driver was found at a local hospital where he was receiving treatment for injuries suffered in the collision. His case will be handled by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. It is not yet known if he has been charged in the connection with the hit and run.
What to Do After a Stockton Hit and Run Accident
Hit and run accidents are on the rise in California. If you have been injured in a hit and run, there are a few things you need to know if you would like to be compensated for your personal injury damages. Firstly, it is essential to review your car insurance policy and see if there is any applicable coverage for your situation. Uninsured/underinsured motorist protection provides coverage if you are injured in an accident caused by a driver who carries little to no auto insurance. It may also cover drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians who have suffered injuries in a hit and run accident. If a cyclist or pedestrian did not have car insurance at the time of the hit and run but lived with someone who carries this type of insurance coverage, it may be extended to that cyclist or pedestrian. This is possible so long as they were not listed as excluded members of the insurance policy. Conversely, your medical expenses may be covered as they are incurred up to a specific amount if you have Med-Pay coverage. If you do not have any of the coverages mentioned above, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can help track down the driver responsible for the hit and run to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and other losses.
Damages Recoverable in a Stockton Hit and Run Accident
Compensatory damages in a personal injury claim come in two types, economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are monetary losses that may be easy to quantify. They include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and property damage. Noneconomic damages take into consideration the intangible harms experienced by an injured party, including pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and diminished quality of life. Punitive damages may be awarded in some cases involving egregious misconduct, such as drunk driving or excessive speeding. This type of damage is not intended to provide compensation for the injured person. Instead, it is designed to punish the negligent party and to help discourage similar behavior in the future. To learn about the factors that may impact the value of a personal injury case, watch the below video.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
There is a statute of limitations that puts a limit on how long you have to file a personal injury claim with the court. In California, a claim for personal injury must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. Conversely, there are other factors that may affect the statutory deadline for filing a personal injury claim. If an accident involves a government vehicle, such as a city bus, a notice of claim must be filed with the appropriate government agency within six months or 180 days from the date of the incident. This is by California Government Code 911.2. If the deadline is not met, the injured person may lose the right to recover compensation. For more information, contact an experienced injury lawyer.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Stockton
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run incident in Stockton, it is essential to act quickly and protect your right to fair compensation. Please call me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my free, friendly advice on how to move forward in your situation.
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