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Woman Injured in Riverside Hit-and-Run Car Accident

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Shynise J. Brown, 18, was seriously injured in a Riverside car accident, which officials say, involved two erratic drivers who left the scene of the crash. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the hit-and-run car accident occurred along Highway 91, near Madison Street, in Riverside County, the early morning of July 31, 2011.

Brown was travelling in her 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo when two vehicles, a dark 2003 Chevrolet Malibu and a dark SUV, were swerving in and out of their lanes of traffic. The Malibu swerved to the right and forced Brown’s car to spin out of control and crash into a metal guardrail. Brown suffered severe injuries and the two drivers responsible for the crash continued on and did not stop to offer assistance. Officials are still looking for these drivers.

My thoughts and prayers are with Shynise J. Brown following this horrific hit-and-run car accident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Riverside County Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 79 people were killed and 2,249 were injured due to car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. During that same year, there were 203 fatalities and 7,974 injuries involving car accidents in all of Riverside County.

What Caused This Serious Injury Accident?

If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the drivers of both vehicles were operating in a dangerous and reckless manner. It is not clear if they were involved in some type of street race. Not only did they cause this accident by forcing Brown to lose control of her vehicle, but both drivers also fled the scene of the crash, without stopping to help the severely injured victim. Despicable!

Leaving the scene of an injury crash is a felony crime under California law. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “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.”

The authorities are searching for the hit-and-run drivers, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and the dark colored SUV involved in this crash. If you have any information about this accident, please visit our web site, www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and also become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

Liability Issues

Victims of hit-and-run drivers are often left facing huge medical bills. It would be in the best interests of victims or their families to seek the counsel of an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run case where the driver is never found, or in a case where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.

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