Statistics indicate that 1 in 8 drivers on California roads and highways have no car insurance. For those drivers who do have insurance, many have only the bargain insurance that provides the minimum of $15,000 in coverage for bodily injuries per person. Given the high cost of medical bills – a serious injury requiring an extended hospital stay can easily top $100,000 – getting into an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist can leave you in serious financial straits as you deal with the question of paying your medical bills and the cost of missed work. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz fight on behalf of car accident victims injured by uninsured motorists and will work to recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
Steps to Take After an Uninsured Motorist Accident
Regardless of whether you were another driver, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian, there are several steps you should take after you have suffered bodily injury and/or property damage in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, or where the driver has fled the scene:
- Contact the police immediately to file a report.
- Seek out an experienced car accident attorney.
- Work with the attorney to file an uninsured motorist claim with your insurance company within 30 days.
If you do not contact the police within 24 hours to obtain a report, your insurance company may deny your claim under California state law. It is important to then seek out the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney, because your attorney will guide you through the process of filing your claim with your insurance company to maximize a speedy financial recovery. Your attorney will also seek out all other available sources of compensation on your behalf, including tracking down a hit-and-run driver and locating hidden assets that may be available to you as compensation for your injuries.
Get Help From an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident with an uninsured, underinsured, or hit-and-run driver in Pasadena or Los Angeles, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz will work to get you the justice you deserve. With over 30 years experience handling vehicle accident and personal injury cases, including uninsured motorist cases, we have the experience and skills to fight for your rights in obtaining the maximum financial recovery available to you. Contact us today!