Police in San Diego are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a woman in a car accident the night of October 31, 2009 in the Mountain View area. According to a CBS news report, the 43-year-old woman was crossing the street in the 3700 block of Ocean View Boulevard when she was struck. She reportedly suffered a fractured leg and several broken bones in her face. Police officials have described the suspect vehicle as a black Nissan Altima with tinted rear windows. The car is also said to be missing part of its left side mirror.
I relieved this woman did not sustain any life-threatening injuries in this car accident. I wish her the best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep her in your prayers.
San Diego Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 25 fatalities and 575 injuries occurred in the city of San Diego involving pedestrian accidents. Countywide, 51 deaths and 1,068 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007. Also, in San Diego County as a whole, 268 deaths and 14,641 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same period.
Based on this news report, it is not clear where the woman was walking at the time of the accident. Was she crossing the street in a marked crosswalk? I trust officials are looking into how and why this San Diego personal injury accident occurred. Whoever was at fault here, it was illegal for the driver of the vehicle to leave the scene of the accident. Hit-and-run is a serious crime under California law. 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.”
Car Accident Liability Issues
If the woman was crossing in a crosswalk or at an intersection, the motorist was required under the law to stop and yield right-of-way to the pedestrian. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
I trust officials will soon apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. The victim’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the criminal investigation, make sure the family’s rights are protected and that they receive just compensation for the damages and loss they have suffered. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free initial consultation to accident victims and their families. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise the family about how their car insurance will apply to a hit-and-run accident or an accident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver.
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