A woman suffered serious injuries, but is expected to survive after she was struck by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and La Palma Avenue the evening of January 30, 2013. The woman was transported to a trauma center with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. The driver has not been found. The investigation is ongoing.
According to California Highway Patrol's (SWITRS), 147 deaths and 19,009 injuries reported as a result of hit-and-run car accidents statewide. In Orange County, traffic accidents claimed 100 lives and caused 13,368 injuries in 2010.
Hit-and-run incidents have risen to epidemic proportions in Southern California over the last five years or so. Leaving the scene of an injury crash is not only an inhumane and irresponsible act, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
I certainly hope officials are able to apprehend this driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this hit-and-run crash in Anaheim, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Hit-and-run victims, particularly pedestrians, suffer major injuries in collisions. Pedestrians often sustain injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, spinal and neck injuries and internal organ damage. In such cases, victims usually have no one to hold accountable until the hit-and-run suspect is found. Victims and their families are stuck with severe financial burdens such as medical bills and lost earnings. Injured victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are upheld.
In cases where the hit-and-run driver is not found, injured victims may be able to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim's own auto insurance policy. In addition, if a dangerous roadway condition caused the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.