Authorities are looking for the public’s help to locate the hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a woman in a San Francisco car accident on November 26, 2009. According to a CBS News report, the woman in her 60s, who is well-known to the locals as a speed walker who often exercised in the area, was walking along the side of the road on Lincoln Boulevard the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. A cyclist found the woman, injured, shortly after the accident. She was hospitalized with serious injuries including a broken jaw, missing teeth and a missing collarbone. Police are still looking for the hit-and-run suspect, but are now also, seeking two “men of interest” who they say may know something about this injury car accident.
My heart goes out to this car accident victim. I’m glad to hear that she is recovering from her serious injuries. I hope and pray that she will make 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 deaths and 775 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in San Francisco. Also, in the city, 51 deaths and 3,632 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the year 2007. It is interesting to note that more than half of all traffic accident fatalities in the city of San Francisco involved pedestrian accidents.
Based on this news article, the woman, who has not yet been identified, regularly speed-walked for exercise on that San Francisco street. She was obviously familiar with the surroundings. However, we don’t know exactly where she was on the street and why the car hit her. Hit-and-run is a serious crime under California law.
California Hit-and-Run Law
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, irrespective of whether or not the accident was the driver’s fault. 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.”
It will be critical in this case to find eyewitnesses to this accident who can tell officials exactly what happened. The injured victim’s family would be well-advised to consult an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who can keep up with the official investigation and help the victim pursue her legal rights. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether there was a dangerous condition on this roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this 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 agency in California must be filed with 180 days of the accident or injury.
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