“In light of the hit-and-run on Halloween night killing three teenage girls, it's time for Southern California to address the growing epidemic like the threat that it is,” said Gerald E. Agnew, partner with AgnewBrusavich, a Torrance-based serious personal injury law firm. From 2009 to 2011, the number of hit-and-run accidents in Southern California increased more than 13 percent. Los Angeles displays the most startling statistic of all: nearly 48 percent of accidents are hit-and-run related.
Mr. Agnew added, “Further, very few drivers are aware of the recourse available to them when involved in a hit-and-run accident.” Although the California Assembly's Public Safety Committee unanimously passed AB 1532, which would suspend the license of the driver who flees the scene of a hit-and-run, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed the bill, further displaying California's lack of regard for this imposing threat.
Mr. Agnew is available to discuss:
- Why this epidemic continues to rise and what laws are pending to address the issue.
- Why AB 1532 was vetoed?
- What legal steps the driver and the victim should take following a hit and run accident.
- How uninsured motorist insurance applies to hit-and-run accidents.
- What legal ramifications the driver in a hit-and-run would be subjected to.