Drivers are required to stop and exchange information after an accident that causes property damage only, under California Vehicle Code Section 20002.
What are your options for compensation after a hit and run crash?
It can be a challenge to get paid after a hit and run accident, but there’s always a chance that the police will catch the driver who left the scene. This is why it’s in your best interest to provide them with as much information as you can about the driver and vehicle involved. Your attorney may be able to assist you with an investigation to identify and locate the hit and run driver. If the at-fault driver cannot be located, there may be other ways to recover compensation under your own auto insurance policy:
- Uninsured motorist (UIM): If you have uninsured motorist coverage under your auto insurance policy, your insurer should cover your damages up to policy limits. This coverage, which is designed to protect you in case an uninsured driver hits you, also applies in hit and run accident cases.
- Collision: Like UIM, collision is optional coverage in personal auto insurance policies. If you have UIM, it can help cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle after a hit and run accident.
- MedPay: Medical payments coverage is an add-on to car insurance policies that helps pay for medical treatment for injured passengers or drivers, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. There are no deductibles and no restrictions on which providers you can see for car accident injury medical treatment.