Based solely on the limited facts that you have provided in your post, it sounds like you may have a case. You just need to contact a personal injury attorney ASAP.
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If you were injured as a result of the incident, you need to seek prompt medical treatment and you need to retain an attorney to obtain his insurance information and open a claim. Filing a police report would also be adviseable.
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I live and work in California and deal with accidents like yours all the time, so I am happy to answer your question. The answer to your question is that the best thing to do is to hire an attorney and have him/her file the claim against their insurance. The attorney will be able to locate the other party's insurance information for you. You should also go to the police and create a police report immediately. Moreover, the insurance company will probably want to purposefully take a recorded statement from you in order to pin down your statement and weaken your case, hopefully you didn't do this. You should definitely not talk to them until you have hired an attorney. Do you feel that you are at the same medical condition that you were before the accident? As a basic premise I wouldn't handle your claim by yourself. The attorney you hire can likely refer you to a doctor, if you ask for one, who will see you with no upfront payment! I've done this many times to help my clients out. You should not wait a single day to hire a lawyer, we will advise you on the strategy of your case and get you a rental if you need one.
You have some great facts, but your case definitely needs to be developed further to corroborate your story. You should hire an attorney so you're not bullied around! There is no upfront cost to hire an attorney. With a case like yours it seems like you have some good facts in order to get a high settlement. The most important thing when building your case are: liability (were you at fault); how bad are your injuries to your body ; and of course how high is the at fault person's policy. A lot of these things sound like they are not complete yet in your case so its something that is worth hiring an attorney for in order to get a sense of whether you have a case and what the strategy would be for you to build a strong case! I've handled many of these cases in the Chico area.
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The trick here is that if that driver was drunk and hit you on accident his insurance will cover your damages but if he hit you on purpose, this is a criminal battery case which will nullify his insurance coverage since insurance companies don't cover intentional tort actions. I believe you are in over your head and you need the assistance of an attorney. It isn't necessary to contact the police or your insurance company the same day but you should do so today. You should also go to your family Dr. and get checked out. Your hurt knee may be a torn meniscus or ligament that requires surgery. You could also benefit from the assistance of a good chiropractor.
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Report it to the police to get license info on the driver, get an attorney ASAP and get medical care for your knee. If you driver of the car that struck you does not have insurance you will still be able to make a claim on you policy of auto insurance if you have uninsured motorist coverage. During the last week I took on 3 cases where the driver of the car at fault did not have insurance. One other thing, be careful of what you say to the police or any insurance company. Intentional acts (such as driving into someone on purpose) is NOT covered by any insurance company policy. Maybe this driver thought you were moving to the side? Be careful what you say about what the other driver was thinking.
Call the police. It sounds like you have an assault and battery case, criminally, and civilly.
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Wow, you apparently you should contact atty Shemtoub. He says he has handled many case like yours in Chico!. I had no idea that parking spaces in Chico are so hard to find, that people are forced to impersonate reserved parking cones in order to get one. While one can understand (not condone) a drunk doing what you said in this case, one has to wonder what you were thinking. You were lucky the guy didn't have his shotgun.
Anyway, you should have reported it immediately as it was a hit and tun, possible assault with a deadly weapon, and drunk driving. Now, if the police are interested, it will be very hard to prove dui. I would suggest you contact an atty in your general area, as opposed to one in LA.
See a doctor immediately to determine the nature and extent of you injury. If youre lucky, you have a minor injury.
Sorry to hear. I agree with the other attorneys. Report the hit and run immediately. This is hit and run so there will be a criminal case as well. It's still early, if happened last night, please report it to the police today/immediately that way you have records of it. It would have been better if you reported yesterday...
From the facts you seem to have a case. You have some proof. Where there other witnesses as well? Did you take their name and contact numbers down? With his license plate you can get his insurance information through DMV, he might have insurance... after getting his information and insurance, you should make a claim with his insurance. Please report the hit and run to your insurance company asap as well and make a claim for UIM claim in case he has no insurance or his insurance doesn't cover all of your medicals/damages.
Please continue getting treatment until you are better. Contact an attorney in your area for a free consultation. Goodluck!
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You have to call police now and report the hit and run, then go to the er and your doctor for treatment.
You should contact an attorney in the area. Bill Ereth at 209 956 4200 can steer you in the right direction. Tell him I asked you to call him.
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Consult a lawyer immediately to assist you further with this. Good luck
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If a pedestrian is hit by a driver and that driver did so intentionally... that is a crime... which means police should be called and a report files and charges pressed and the district attorney get involved... and medical attention be sought... and a civil (personal injury) attorney be retained... hitting a person with a car on purpose could be quite a serious charge as a car is a deadly weapon.
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