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Long Beach Hit-and-Run Crash Proves Fatal

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Jackie Morris, 77, was killed in a Long Beach hit-and-run car accident early morning on January 24, 2017. According to a KABC news report, Morris was on her way to shop at the Smart & Final across the street from a senior complex when she was struck. The driver fled the scene. Police said there is no description of the driver behind the wheel of a silver four-door compact car, which they say, struck Morris. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, but died from her injuries shortly afterward. Officials are still searching for the hit-and-run driver.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Jackie Morris for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Hit-and-Run Incidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s statistics, there were more than 28,000 reported hit-and-run crashes in 2015 in Los Angeles County. About 50 percent of all traffic accidents in Los Angeles County involve hit-and-run drivers. The national average is about 11 percent, according to the American Automobile Association. Hit-and-run crashes are an epidemic in Los Angeles giving it the dubious distinction of being the “hit-and-run capital of the world.”

Leaving the Scene of a Crash

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the car struck the woman who was walking across the street and left her lying there without even stopping to help her. It is a felony crime under California law to leave the scene of an injury or fatal car accident, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to remain at the scene of the crash, exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and more importantly, assist the injured victims.

Help for Victims and Families

When a hit-and-run crash occurs, whether the victim is killed or is severely injured, victims and their families undergo tremendous emotional trauma and financial challenges, particularly when the hit-and-run driver is not apprehended. In such cases, an experienced Long Beach car accident lawyer who has successfully handled hit-and-run cases can help them secure monetary compensation for their losses and to help pay unforeseen expenses such as medical and funeral costs.

Sometimes, in addition to the hit-and-run driver, another party might be held liable for the crash. For example, if the accident occurred as a result of poor lighting on the street or some other dangerous condition, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. A knowledgeable attorney can also advise victims and families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to hit-and-run incidents where the driver hasn’t been apprehended or where the driver doesn’t have insurance coverage.

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