Hit and Run Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in an auto accident, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you were involved in a car accident and the other driver hit and ran, seek medical treatment immediately. The sooner you obtain treatment for your injuries, the sooner you will be on the path to a healthy recovery. A car accident can inflict injuries to any and all parts of your body. Head, neck and back injuries are certainly the most common, but car accidents also cause injuries to internal organs as well as arms and legs.

Injured In A Hit and Run Accident?

Every year, there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents involving hit and run drivers on Southern California highways, and a high percentage of those accidents result in personal injuries to those involved.

In order to prevent these horrific accidents from occurring, motorists have a legal responsibility to uphold the highest level of safety and caution when driving on the road. Furthermore, the transportation industry has a legal obligation to develop and maintain safe cars, and ensure that all employees follow strict safety protocols while on the job.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Southern California, it is important to hire an experienced and skilled personal injury law firm to protect you and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. At Jacoby & Meyers, our car accident attorneys conduct a full investigation into the accident and work with insurance representatives to obtain high settlements for our clients.

Common Types Of Car Accident Injuries

The following are some of the most common injuries that result from hit and run accidents:

  • Neck Injuries & Whiplash

    Whiplash, one of the most common types of car accident injuries, accounts for more than one million car accident neck injuries each year. A significant percentage of such injuries lead to long term disability. The neck is more vulnerable to injury when a person’s head is turned to the left or right, or if the head rest does not cover the whole back side of the head.

    Neck injuries occur in many ways and not only cause pain but can displace and injure the muscles, nerves, ligaments and discs connected to the cervical spine. Intervertebral discs in the spine can also shift and sustain injury as the result of a car accident.

  • Back Injuries

    Crashes can also strain your back. Back injuries result in serious and sometimes debilitating pain in the larger muscles of the back.

    The discs in your back, referred to as intervertebral discs, can also become injured in the event of a car accident. Disks in the neck and spine may bulge, slip or rupture. A disc may become herniated and require surgery.

    Individuals who are involved in a hit and run accident may find themselves dealing with injuries that range from a herniated disc to a pinched nerve. The discs in the spine and neck may bulge, slip or rupture. A disc may become herniated and require surgery. Sometimes these injuries are not immediately identified or diagnosed and are only revealed later on through consultations, treatment and imaging like MRIs and x-rays. This means that the medical bills can accumulate before you find out you have a pinched nerve or disc that is in trouble and needs treatment.

    Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and cause long-term pain, nerve damage and potentially result in paralysis or the loss of the ability to control reflexes and functioning that existed before. It can potentially lead to secondary medical problems like pressure sores, pneumonia, and pulmonary embolism.

  • Wrist & Ankle Injuries

    Some areas of the body are more susceptible to serious injury than others. For example, the hands and feet are extremely susceptible to damage because of where your hands and feet are at the time of the accident. This means your hands, fingers, wrist, ankles and feet are potentially at risk and can sustain injury. The bones and joints can be even more vulnerable to injury when there is sudden deceleration that may occur when someone presses the brake immediately to prevent a collision. As a result of sudden deceleration that is common in car accidents, the body can be thrusted and thrown unnaturally and therefore cause sensitivity and pain sensations throughout the body.

    Your hands and wrists can be broken by the steering wheel and/or an air bag deployment while your feet and ankles are at risk of injury from the gas and brake pedals. Air bags save lives, but can also cause injuries to the face, hands, wrists and arms. Typical injuries include abrasions, fractures and sprains.

  • Internal Injuries

    Car accident victims may sustain severe internal injuries. For example, their organs can be damaged and their ribs can be fractured or dislocated. Other potential injuries that we see in victims of automobile accidents are punctured lungs, lacerated livers and kidneys and torn spleens, requiring extensive hospitalization. Damage to the liver, lungs, intestines and kidneys can also result from an accident with significant impact. Internal organs are not immune to injury in an accident and can be exacerbated in certain instances.

    Although seatbelts save lives, they can also inflict serious injuries during the course of an accident. For example, the use of a seatbelt can perhaps cause a contusion or laceration as well in high-impact accidents. During an auto accident, a seat belt can apply force through the abdomen to the soft tissues of the abdomen and the spinal column behind.

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