A man in his 40s was injured in an Irvine bicycle accident the morning of June 19, 2009 after a hit-and-run driver struck him at a city intersection, The Orange County Register reports. The Orange County hit-and-run accident apparently occurred at the intersection of Irvine Center Drive and Pacifica. The bicyclist was conscious and breathing after he was struck, but seemed to have suffered hip injuries, Orange County Fire Authority officials said. There is no vehicle description available of the hit-and-run car.
I sincerely hope that this bicyclist did not suffer serious injuries in this hit-and-run accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. I also hope that the hit-and-run driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2001 hit-and-run statistics, hit-and-run traffic accident deaths in California jumped by 10 percent from 1999 to 2001. According to a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/07/27/MN292165.DTL), nearly 300 people are killed annually in hit-and-run accidents in California. In 2001, hit-and run accidents accounted for 7.8 percent of the state’s fatal crashes. That figure is more than twice the national average of 3.8 percent – and a full percentage point higher than the next-highest state, Arizona.
In California, leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime. California Vehicle Code section 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.”
The injured victim would be well-advised to consult with experienced attorneys Orange County personal injury, who will help secure justice and compensation to cover costs relating to the victim’s personal injuries, medical expenses, loss of wages and related damages. Knowledgeable car accident attorneys will also be able to explain how the uninsured or underinsured motorist clause in the victim’s car insurance policy or any other policy that he has benefits under, could compensate him in the event that the negligent parties don’t have car insurance or sufficient car insurance.