Last week, a man in a wheelchair was killed by a hit-and-run driver. He was crossing Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera when a vehicle struck him and then left the scene of the accident.
No matter where the victim was crossing the street (in a crosswalk or in the middle of the street), the driver should have seen him. Car accidents like this are likely caused by distracted, drunk or otherwise reckless driving.
Our hearts go out to the victim's family, who must deal with terrible sadness at the loss of their loved one, as well as anger at an unknown driver.
Recovering compensation after a hit-and-run
Drivers who cause hit-and-run accidents are often found by police officers or turn themselves in. Yet, what happens when they remain nameless?
Many drivers elect to purchase an insurance coverage called uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. This coverage pays for injuries and car damage sustained in a car accident caused by someone without insurance, including hit-and-run drivers. If someone with this insurance is injured in a hit-and-run accident, he or she can bring a claim against his or her own insurance company to recover compensation.
This is one of the many reasons we strongly urge people to purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. There are also many drivers that do not have insurance and many others who only purchase the minimum amount of insurance. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is one of the only coverages that helps ensure you will not pay out of pocket for someone else's bad decisions.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Man in Wheelchair Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Pico Rivera," Feb. 1, 2013