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

Hit and Run Accident Injury Victims Can Financially Recover for their Costs

Many hit and run accident injury victims wonder who is going to pay for their medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that result from their accident.  The primary source of recovery will always be the driver who caused the accident, but what happens when the police are unable to identify and charge that driver? Hit and run accident injury victims in California can turn to their own automobile insurance coverage to cover many expenses.  The Uninsured Motorist/Under-Insured Motorist (UM/UIM) portion of your automobile insurance covers you when you are injured in your vehicle, as well as those who are victims of hit and run accidents when on a skateboard or bicycle, or if they are struck as a pedestrian.  This is the reason we highly recommend that all Californians should maximize the UM/UIM coverage in their automobile insurance policy.  It is some of the least expensive and most valuable insurance

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

Who Pays for Injuries from a Pedestrian Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run pedestrian accidents are unfortunately relatively very common here in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area.  It is enough of a shock to be involved in a pedestrian hit and run accident, and when the driver leaves the scene it adds immeasurable pain.  The victim and their family are left with many questions.  The first question is often “Who in the world could hit another person and take off?”  One of the next questions you ask will be “Who pays for injuries from pedestrian hit and run accident and how am I going to get through this”?  The financial recovery for injuries from a pedestrian hit and run accident can come from many sources.  The primary recover source surprises most people: your own Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist or UM/UIM coverage from you automobile insurance. To add insult to an already difficult situation, many hit and run accident victims

What to do if You are Injured in an LA Hit and Run Accident

Who pays for the costs associated with injuries when the driver who caused the accident leaves the scene in Los Angeles?  What should you do if you are injured in an LA hit and run accident and who will help you to recover financially for what has happened? My name is Rivers Morrell and I have more than 40 years of experience in LA hit and run accident cases.  The good news is you actually probably have good insurance coverage that will help cover your bills.  The bad news is the insurance company will fight you on this claim.  The worst news of all is this: it is your own automobile insurance.  Talk about adding insult to injury. The medical expenses, lost wages and other financial costs of a injuries in an LA hit and run accident are covered by the UM/UIM section of your own auto insurance policy.  UM/UIM

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
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