A motorist was severely injured in a San Diego car accident, which officials say, involved another driver making an unsafe lane change. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury collision occurred the afternoon of October 21, 2011 on the Interstate 5, near Harbor Drive, in Oceanside. California Highway Patrol officials say a 37-year-old man was driving north in a Ford Explorer SUV with three passengers, when a silver sedan next to him changed lanes and cut him off.
The driver of the Explorer swerved into a culvert before being ejected from the SUV. The victim suffered major injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital. His passenger, a 33-year-old woman, was hospitalized with moderate injuries. Two children in the SUV were uninjured. CHP officials are looking for the driver of the silver sedan who left the scene of the crash. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this hit-and-run car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight fatalities and 728 injuries occurred due to Oceanside car accidents. During the same year, there were 217 fatalities and 12,998 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego County as a whole.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, the driver of the Explorer was cut off by another car whose driver made an unsafe lane change. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
In addition, it appears that the driver of the sedan left the scene of an accident without stopping or waiting for authorities to arrive. This is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). Such cases where a driver causes an accident without making contact but leaves the scene are known as “non-contact hit-and-run” accidents. Leaving the scene of an injury crash is not only an illegal act, but also inhumane and irresponsible. I’m absolutely appalled by the actions of the hit-and-run driver here.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
If you saw this accident or have any information, please visit our hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward. I certainly hope this suspect is quickly apprehended and brought to justice.
Often, it is the hit-and-run victims who are burdened with expenses such as medical bills after such an incident. Victims of hit-and-run collisions would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. A skilled car accident lawyer will also inform victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is never found, or, in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.