We live in a day and age where people expect and have grown accustomed to instant gratification. They want solutions provided quickly, and problems solved instantly. That is not the case with legal issues. Legal issues take some time, and when handled properly and professionally by a Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer, they are resolved successfully. Although the process may take some time, the end result is hopefully one of long-term resolution. The impact of a legal case can have long term consequences on your social life, your work life, and your education. Handling the problem properly the first time around, despite the time it takes, can prove to be worthwhile.
This is the case with Los Angeles Hit and Run charges. Although clients want instant resolution, they do not realize the full extent of how many parties are involved in a hit and run, and how long it takes for negotiations, discussions, investigations and procedure to get the issue resolved. Let’s consider an example, to illustrate how many players we may have.
David is driving home from a friend’s birthday party. It is late, and it has started to rain. He has a hard time seeing, and rear ends a vehicle that is pulled over to the side of the road awaiting help. The driver of the vehicle, Victor, is in the vehicle and suffers minor injuries. David does not see the person in the car and believes it is a parked car. Afraid that he may get in trouble, David takes off and drives home. He later is contacted by officers in connection with the potential hit and run.
The first party of course, is the David, the driver. He is the one who was driving the vehicle that rear ended the parked vehicle, causing both property damage and injury. David is the one that will be charged with potential Hit and Run.
Victor, is the party who suffered the injury and the property damage. He is the one who amends would be made to in order for Victor to feel that justice was provided.
The officers that contacted David would review the statements made by David, they would speak to Victor and they would prepare a report. They would also go investigate the scene where the incident occurred, and review any evidence they feel is important. This report would be the main piece of evidence reviewed by prosecutors.
Prosecutors review the report and determine whether there is enough evidence to demonstrate that David is guilty of Hit and Run beyond a reasonable doubt. They would also determine whether it should be charged as a misdemeanor or felony based on the evidence and facts provided.
There are car insurance companies and health insurance companies that would be involved. David’s insurance company would be involved with damages and making amends, and Victor’s car insurance company would also be involved. But Victor’s health insurance company would also be involved for the injuries he sustained.
There are many players involved in one single incident. It takes a lot of time and effort to contact each person, negotiate and prepare defenses to help avoid Hit and Run Charges. An experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer works with each of these parties to craft a solution that makes all party’s happy, and gives their client the best possible