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USC Student Critically Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Crash

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A 21-year-old man was severely injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials report, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Informer, the hit-and-run car accident occurred at Vermont and Lexington avenues near Los Feliz, the evening of November 8, 2011. Officials say the USC student was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a 1993 burgundy GMC Safari van with license number 4MYH882. The victim suffered numerous fractures and has been listed in critical condition. The authorities are searching for the van, which left the scene of the crash without contacting the authorities.

My thoughts and prayers are with the motorcyclist who has been severely injured in this hit-and-run car accident. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 1,248 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, motorcycle accidents claimed 83 lives and caused 2,719 injuries, during the same year.

Leaving the Scene of a Crash

Based on this news report, it is not entirely clear what caused the GMC van to collide with the motorcycle. We do know, however, that the van’s driver hit the motorcycle and then fled the crash site, leaving the victim critically injured on the roadway and exposed to further danger. Appalling!

Leaving the scene of an injury car collision is not only inhumane and irresponsible, but also illegal. 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.”

I trust officials are soon able to apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of the driver or the burgundy GMC Safari van, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This web site is part of our initiative to partner with the community, and help law enforcement officials apprehend and hold these drivers accountable.

Liability Issues

In this particular case, the injured victim and his family would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Victims of hit-and-run drivers can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages. A skilled car accident attorney will also be able to inform victims about how their auto 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.

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