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Santa Barbara Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney

Hit-and-run accidents are challenging. Whether you were driving, bicycling, or walking, you have the right to travel safely. In the event of a collision, seeing the responsible driver speed away is as emotionally damaging as the physical trauma of the accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a hit-and-run driver, the Law Offices of John B. Richards is here to help you recover the damages you deserve. Our Santa Barbara hit-and-run accident attorneys have the skills and resources to handle your case. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by calling 805-683-2736.

Hit-and-Run Accidents Are on the Rise

In California, hit-and-run collisions are a criminal offense. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents continue to increase, especially when they involve pedestrians.

According to AAA, Foundation for Traffic Safety, in the last reporting year;

  • Fatalities increased by 60% over a ten-year period
  • 2,049 people were killed in hit-and-run accidents
  • This accounts for 5.5% of all traffic fatalities
  • 65% of fatalities involved a bicyclist or pedestrian

Bicyclists and pedestrians are especially vulnerable to hit-and-run accidents.

Hit-and-Run Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries

Most hit-and-run victims are pedestrians and bike riders. By their nature, victims have no protection from a collision with a motor vehicle, resulting in more severe injuries. For other motorists, many hit-and-run accidents are caused by impaired drivers. Driving under the influence can cause a driver to speed excessively, run red lights and stop signs, or drive the wrong way down a road, causing head-on collisions. Some common injuries hit-and-run accident victims suffer are;

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord trauma with grouses
  • Other severe back or neck injury
  • Crush injuries or amputations
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding

Unfortunately, the majority of hit-and-run accidents happen in rural areas where there may not be a witness or a passerby. The minutes or hours waiting for medical attention can worsen injuries to the point of permanent disability. If you have suffered permanent or temporary disability due to a driver’s negligence, contact our auto accident attorneys today.

Law Office of John B. Richards Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys

Hit-and-run accidents are among the most notorious and traumatic collisions a person can experience. When a driver flees the scene, injured victims are left on their own to find help. If an accident victim suffers severe or life-threatening injuries, prompt medical treatment is crucial. Hit-and-run victims are left to the mercy of being found before getting the help they need. It is often during this critical time that injuries can become worse, resulting in disability or death.

At the Law Office of John B. Richards, our Santa Barbara hit-and-run accident attorneys are here for you. We have the skills and resources you need to secure the compensation you deserve, including;

  • Complete coverage of your medical bills related to the crash
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the person responsible

Contact the Law Office of John B. Richards today for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 805-683-2736.

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