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Pedestrian Fatally Injured by Hit and Run Driver in Santa Ana

A pedestrian was struck and fatally injured by a hit and run driver in Santa Ana yesterday.  What type of motorist would leave a pedestrian fatally injured and leave the scene?  Police said the suspect car had become involved in two other accidents immediate after the leaving the pedestrian fatally injured, ultimately crashing into a light pole.  It was unclear in the initial reports if the Police had recovered the vehicle, and if the car would lead them to potential drivers. What happens when someone is injured by a hit and run driver?  If the victim survives, they are able to submit a claim against their own automobile insurance coverage under the uninsured/underinsured motorist or UM/UIM section of the policy.  Many people find that their own insurance companies do not have their best interests at heart, and after more than 40 years of experience I can tell you that it

Skateboarder Critically Injured in Anaheim Hit-and-Run Saturday Night

We are extremely saddened by the critical injury of a skateboarder Saturday evening in an Anaheim hit-and-run accident. After more than 40 years of injury and wrongful death experience and several cases involving skateboarders, I can tell you this is devastating for the family. Skateboarders often do not receive the respect they deserve as many people (including insurance adjusters) have their own opinion of the skateboarding lifestyle. I stand up for injured skateboarders, and their families, in skateboard injury and fatal skateboard accidents. A recent case is an excellent example. My client was riding his skateboard, and at the time of the accident was in the middle of the road on the double yellow line. He was struck and severely injured by a driver going the opposite way. The insurance company fought our case, saying the skateboarder shouldn’t have been there. Our argument was simple: The driver should not have crossed into the

Costa Mesa Hit and Run Accident Severely Injures Pedestrian

A Costa Mesa hit and run accident occurred over this past weekend severely injuring a pedestrian. In the early morning near Triangle Square shopping plaza in Costa Mesa, a pedestrian was struck by a small sports utility vehicle as he was attempting to cross the street on the crosswalk at the intersection of Newport Boulevard and Broadway. After the SUV struck the pedestrian, the driver fled, leaving the pedestrian with serious injuries. The victim was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana with serious injuries. Our thoughts go out to the injured victim and wish him a speedy recover in this hit and run accident. Unfortunately, pedestrians that are struck by vehicles can sustain very major injuries in the event of a collision. Injuries can range from contusions, broken bones, head trauma, and sometimes, unfortunately, even fatalities. In the event of a hit and run, it may

Drumline Teacher Seriously Injured in Santa Ana Hit and Run Accident

A 26 year old drumline teacher at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana was seriously injured in a Santa Ana hit and run accident yesterday.  The man’s father reported the teacher is suffering from severe head injuries, and our thoughts are with the injured teacher, as well as his family and students.  The teacher was struck in a crosswalk at 2:00 am in the morning at Bristol Street and Central Avenue while crossing on a green light. Initially the female driver stopped to check on the teacher, and a passing skateboarder said he would go for help.  The woman then jumped back into her 4-door black BMW with paper plates and left the scene.  A witness captured a photo of the woman before she fled. The head injuries to the victim are quite severe, and his father estimates he has a 50/50 chance of living.  Based on my 40+ years of

How Do You Handle Medical Bills in Hit and Run Accidents

How do you handle medical bills in hit and run accidents where the driver has not been apprehended or identified?  Who pays for the resulting injuries to passengers in a car or pedestrians when the person who caused the accident drives off?  Why should the victim of a hit and run accident hire an experienced injury attorney? My name is Rivers Morrell, and after more than 40 years of experience as an Orange County injury attorney I can tell you that most people are completely unaware that their own auto insurance is the best source for recovery of financial losses from a hit and run injury.  The “Uninsured Motorist/Under-Insured Motorist” or UM/UIM portion of your auto policy will cover these injuries and your medical bills, lost wages and other recoverable financial costs. The challenge is this: most people are shocked at how they are treated by their own insurance company

Hit and Run Pedestrian Injury in Mission Viejo

What happens when a hit and run pedestrian injury in Mission Viejo or anywhere in Orange County?  If the driver who caused the accident leaves the scene who will pay for the medical bills and other expenses of the injured victim?  My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience in hit and run cases I can tell you there is hope.  My office is here in Mission Viejo just off of Crown Valley Parkway and I-5.  In this age of “cameras everywhere” it is unusual for the police to find themselves unable to identify the driver.  If it’s not possible to ID the driver, I work with your own automobile insurance company to ensure maximum recovery for your injuries. Most people are not aware their own auto insurance coverage includes UM/UIM or “Uninsured / UnderInsured Motorist coverage.  UM/UIM will cover the medical bills, lost wages

Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident in Mission Viejo

A hit and run pedestrian accident in Mission Viejo resulting in injuries requires and expert and experienced Mission Viejo injury attorney.  My name is Rivers Morrell and and for more than 40 years I have represented hit and run and pedestrian accident victims and the families of those lost in fatal pedestrian accidents.  It is bad enough for a person to have to suffer serious injuries associated with an accident between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle.  The weight and momentum of a car wreaks havoc on the human body.  The most common injuries from these accidents include but are not limited to: Fractured ribs Broken bones and fractures Severe head trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI A broken back or neck Permanent injury or paralysis The shock and anger associated with a hit and run accident are completely understandable.  How could someone leave the scene of the accident

Managing Injuries from a Hit and Run Car Accident in Mission Viejo

Hit and run accidents and injuries are unfortunately becoming more common in Southern California.  Are you concerned about managing the recovery and medical bills associated with injuries from a hit and run car accident in Mission Viejo?  My name is Rivers Morrell, and I have more than 40 years of experience in this type of personal injury case.  Many Californians are surprised to learn it is your own automobile insurance which covers damages, medical bills and other expenses resulting from a hit and run car accident.  This is the reason for and primary benefit of the Uninsured Motorist/Under-Insured Motorist or UM/UIM coverage of your own auto insurance. Unfortunately, many of our clients contacted us after they were shocked by how they were treated by their own insurance company after a hit and run.  You pay premiums for a reason.  The accident wasn’t even your fault and now you have to

Stolen Truck in a Hit and Run Causes 3 Injuries

A stolen truck in a hit and run causes 3 injuries in Westchester recently.  A couple allegedly stole a pickup truck and caused a serious accident while fleeing police resulting in injuries to 3 other people.  The stolen pickup continued on until it was cornered by law enforcement.  While there are many questions surrounding this hit and run accident, we are concerned about the 3 people who were injured in the hit and run accident. Who will pay for their injury claims? While the couple who were driving the stolen pickup truck were apprehended it is likely they have little or no insurance.  The pair were allegedly committing multiple felonies which would cloud any insurance coverage they may have. The injured parties in these cases must often turn to their own UnInsured Motorist / UnderInsured Motorist or UM/UIM portion of their own automobile policy.  The Law Firm of Rivers Morrell

Financial Recovery for Injuries in a Mission Viejo Hit and Run

Hit and run accidents and injuries are unfortunately becoming more common in Mission Viejo and across Orange County and Southern California.  Are you concerned about managing the financial recovery for injuries in a Mission Viejo hit and run accident? Many victims of a hit and run are surprised to learn it is your own automobile insurance which covers damages, medical bills and other expenses resulting from a hit and run car or pedestrian accident.  This is the reason to carry the maximum amount possible of Uninsured Motorist/Under-Insured Motorist or UM/UIM coverage of your own auto insurance. Unfortunately, many of our clients contacted us after they were shocked by how they were treated by their own insurance company after calling to file a hit and run related claim.  You pay premiums for a reason.  The accident wasn’t even your fault and now you have to deal with rude treatment from your
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