One person was critically injured in a San Francisco car accident the night of August 11, 2009 after being struck by a car on Van Ness Avenue, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The pedestrian, who has not yet been identified, was walking near the intersection of California Street and Van Ness Avenue when a car hit him, San Francisco police said. After hitting the pedestrian, the motorist drove away from the scene of the car accident. Police do not have a description yet of the motorist or the suspect vehicle.
My heart goes out to this injured victim who is apparently fighting for his/her life. I wish this person the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep this injured victim in your prayers.
San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 29 fatalities and 775 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in San Francisco.
I sincerely hope whoever committed this hit-and-run turns themselves in or is apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It’s one thing to accidentally kill someone in a car accident. To leave an injured person on the street after hitting and injuring them is just despicable, not to mention, inhumane!
California Hit-and-Run Law
Leaving the scene of a car accident is also a serious crime in California. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001(a): “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.”
Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will make sure their rights are protected and that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. A skilled car accident attorney will also be able to advise pedestrian accident victims about how the uninsured/underinsured clause of their own car insurance policy or any other policy that they may have benefits under, could apply to a hit-and-run accident. The best San Francisco personal injury lawyers will not charge any fees for an initial consultation or case evaluation.