If you were injured, you should retain an attorney. If not, you should submit the claim to your own insurance carrier. If your car sustained more than $750 in damages or anyone was injured, you need to file an SR-1 Report of Accident with the DMV. You can follow up with an SR-19 request with DMV to determine if the person who hit you or their vehicle was insured.
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If may sue the person who hit you. Whether or not the person has insurance, he/she will be liable for your injuries. If the person who hit you does not have insurance, you may proceed against that party and then collect from your own insurance if you have uninsured or underinsured coverage which most California policies have. We have handled a number of these types of claims and would be happy to talk to you without obligations
All too often injuries show up later in these kinds of matters, so, I'd see a doc just to get checked out. Your car or medical insurance should cover this. Also, if you have uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage you should be fine there too. I WOULD make a police report and WOULD have an attorney look at this.
If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your vehicle you can make an uninsured motorist claim with your insurance company. Many lawyers offer free consultations and you should talk to some to see what option might exist.
David M. Boertje, Esq.
*Please note that this is not legal advice and in no way formed an attorney-client relationship*
I agree with my fellow Southern California auto accident attorneys with respect to your legal situation. You should consult with a local and experienced car accident attorney to represent you. I would strongly recommend that you call Mr. Sweat, as he is one the premier automobile accident attorneys in California. I hope this
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