Understanding the Statute of Limitations in a Hit and Run Accident

Many people do not realize that if they have been the victim of a crime that they are not always able to file charges in perpetuity. Many crimes have an assigned statute of limitations or a time limit, after which fees cannot be submitted. If you are victimized and do not file charges in a timely manner, you may, in fact, lose your chance to do so. In the state of California, the statute of limitations on hit and run accidents is six years.  

Hit and run accidents can be complicated to deal with. In order for a collision to be considered a hit and run, the driver that caused the crashes knowingly leaves the scene without providing their information or taking any responsibility for the damages. If you are the victim of a hit and run, you will likely experience anger and confusion, and it can be challenging to know what next steps you should take. We are here to tell you that your next step should always be to call an attorney. The legal team at Herrera Law can and will help you to file a case before the statute of limitations runs out. 

Six years may seem like plenty of time, but it is essential to remember that the clock starts running the moment after the accident occurs. Sometimes, people hesitate before deciding to file charges ultimately. That decision time eats into your six-year time limit. Similarly, gathering evidence can be time-consuming, and it can be easy to forget that you are on a clock. When you work with the legal team at Herrera Law, we always take the statute of limitations into consideration.

So call us today for help and assistance. Even if your accident occurred years ago, we might still be able to help you leverage charges. There is no need to face the aftermath of a hit and run accident alone. With us, on your side, you are nearly guaranteed to collect the damages you deserve. Don’t wait. Call Herrera Law in Los Angeles and West Covina, California, today.

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