As an Alameda personal injury lawyer, I receive a lot of calls from people have been injured by hit and run drivers. The injured include pedestrians, bicyclists, and car drivers. Recently, I researched the California Highway Patrol records pertaining to hit and run accidents. The findings were shocking.
Between 2011 and 2013, the last three years for which the CHP has records, there were 2,049 hit and run accidents. In 2013, over 10% of the accidents involving either death or injury, involved hit and run drivers. In that same year, Alameda County had the second worst record out of fifty-eight California counties for hit and run accidents.
What many people do not know, is that if they are injured by a hit and run driver, their own automobile coverage may protect them. This is true even if they are a pedestrian or a bike rider at the time of the accident. By law, every automobile insurance policy in California must include uninsured motorist coverage, unless the insured in writing agrees to forego this coverage (Never waive your right to uninsured motorist coverage—the small cost savings isn’t worth the risk).