A parking enforcement officer was seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident the morning of October 16, 2009. San Francisco police said that the parking official was struck by a vehicle in the area of Third and Mission streets. The individual, who has not yet been identified, was hospitalized with injuries. The driver of the vehicle that hit and injured the official did not stop. Investigators are treating this as a hit-and-run car accident.
My heart goes out to this parking enforcement official who was apparently doing his or her job and got injured in the process. I wish this injured victim the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Francisco
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. Also, during the same period, 51 deaths and 3,632 injuries occurred involving San Francisco car accidents.
I sincerely hope that the driver who hit this parking official is apprehended and brought to justice. In California, it is against the law to leave the scene of the accident. Based on this news report, we don’t know whose fault this San Francisco car accident was. However, when it comes to hit-and-run charges, fault is not an issue. If you leave the scene of the accident, you could be arrested and charged even if the accident was not your fault. “I panicked” is never a good enough excuse. Motorists who are involved in accidents are required to remain at the scene of the accident and exchange information such as driver’s license, address and insurance with other parties. If there are injuries informed, it is also the motorist’s duty to get help. It could be as simple as picking up your phone and calling 911.
California Car Accident Laws
According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “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.”
In this particular case, the injured victim may also be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits because he or she seems to have been on-the-job at the time of this collision. Further, if and when the driver is apprehended and found to be at fault, then he or she could be held civilly and criminally liable for the victim’s injuries and loss. In such cases, injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other related damages. The victim in this case would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who can better explain his or her legal rights and options. A knowledgeable lawyer will also advise the victim how his or her car insurance will apply in the event of an accident involving a hit-and-run driver or an uninsured/underinsured motorist.
The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.