Two teenagers riding their bikes sustained injuries in a San Diego car accident the morning of November 18, 2009 after a driver swerved into their lane, North County Times reports. California Highway Patrol officials said the two boys — ages 14 and 13 — were riding westbound on Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido, California. They were both single-file in the bike lane, when a tan-colored SUV swerved directly in front of them. One of the boys veered to the right and struck the curb. The other boy ran into the cyclist ahead of him and got thrown off his bike.
The female driver stopped to ask if the boys were alright, but left the scene when they told her they needed assistance. The 14-year-old boy sustained injuries to his right leg, arm and shoulder while the 13-year-old boy had multiple bruises and a broken nose. The hit-and-run suspect is being described as a “petite Latino woman” with shoulder-length hair in a ponytail, acne scars on her face and speaking with a Spanish accent. If you witnessed this accident, please call Oceanside CHP officials at 760-757-1675.
Hit-and-Run Accident Injures Children
My heart goes out to these two teens who have gone through a traumatic experience. I’m appalled that this woman caused this accident, saw that the boys were injured, and then left the scene when the boys actually asked her for help. Talk about afraid to take responsibility! I hope neither of the teens sustained serious injuries and wish them both the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
In 2007, 49 injuries were reported in the city of Escondido as a result of bicycle accidents, according to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In San Diego County, 11 deaths and 797 injuries happened in 2007 involving bicycle accidents. Also, countywide, 268 deaths and 14,641 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during that same year.
Liability Issues in Car Accidents
If the details of this news report are accurate, the hit-and-run driver seems to be at fault for this injury accident. There is no question that she should have remained at the scene and helped these children get assistance. I would also like to find out why she swerved into the bike lane in the first place. Was she talking on the cell phone or distracted in some other way at the time of the accident? Was she intoxicated? Was she driving recklessly or negligently? I trust investigators will be looking at those factors as well. California law states that irrespective of whether an accident was the driver’s fault, he or she needs to stop at an accident scene and exchange information such as identification, insurance and contact information.
Victims who are injured by hit-and-run drivers would be well-advised to consult with a reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will advise them about how their car insurance policy will apply to a hit-and-run accident or to an incident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also look into whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to the accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable as well. Any claim against a governmental entity in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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