Fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal in California and it’s a cowardly act. A hit-and-run driver might be leaving another motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian to die from injuries.
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 19, 2013
A new California law passed in response to the high number of hit-and-run accidents across the state will give law enforcement officials the ability to investigate deeper into these oftentimes deadly accidents, according to Daniel C. Carlton, a hit-and-run accident lawyer in Irvine, CA.
The Glendale News-Press (“Gatto's hit-and-run legislation signed into law,” October 14) reported that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law a bill that would expand the current three-year statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses to six years from the date of the offense. The new law allows law enforcement officials to further investigate accidents across the state, according to the News-Press.
“Our firm supports the state’s decision to sign into law this important piece of legislation that will undoubtedly help many hit-and-run accident victims and families find closure,” said Carlton, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “As personal injury attorneys, we have seen the devastating impact of serious hit-and-run accidents.”
According to the Glendale News-Press, the bill was passed on the heels of a particularly deadly month in southern California in which two people were struck and killed by hit and run drivers and another three suffered serious injuries.
The News-Press reported that the bill – AB 184 – was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Silver Lake. The newspaper also said that according to Gatto, the bill will allow law enforcement officials to investigate deeper into hit-and-run accidents, many of which go unsolved even after months of investigation.
“Fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal in California and it’s a cowardly act. A hit-and-run driver might be leaving another motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian to die from injuries,” said Carlton.
Carlton said attorneys can help hit-and-run accident victims pursue compensation, even if the fleeing driver is never caught. He said a driver may be able to file a claim with his or her own insurance company after an accident involving injuries or property damage.
About Daniel C. Carlton
Attorney Daniel C. Carlton has served personal injury victims in Southern California for over 35 years. Fighting on behalf of accident victims in Irvine, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Tustin, and throughout Orange County, attorney Carlton and his experienced legal team have successfully litigated thousands of cases. In addition to handling cases involving car and truck accidents, and premises liability issues, Carlton also handles real estate and business litigation issues. An AV Preeminent-rated trial attorney, Carlton works one-on-one with each of his clients to provide the highest quality legal representation. He has obtained millions of dollars for his clients.
For more information about what to do if you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run driving accident, call (949) 757-0707 for a free case evaluation.
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Irvine, CA 92612