A motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Huntington Beach after an SUV struck him and left the scene. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the night of November 10, 2016 at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Warner Avenue. The motorcyclist was struck by a green 1990s Ford Explorer at the intersection. The direction in which both vehicles were traveling is not known. The driver of the SUV left the scene and the motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries that were not expected to be life threatening. The cause of this crash is still under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcyclist. It is indeed fortunate that his injuries are not critical. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 59 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in the city of Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 30 people died and 989 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred at a major street intersection. It is unclear how or why the crash occurred. Did the SUV fail to yield the right of way to the motorcycle? Did high speed play a role? Did alcohol or drugs play a part in this crash? Was the driver of the SUV distracted or inattentive?
Regardless of why the crash occurred, it is illegal for drivers to leave the scene of an injury car accident. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), motorists are required stop and remain at the scene of a car accident. They are also required to exchange pertinent information with all concerned parties and more importantly, render aid to the injured victims.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run crash, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. If the driver has been apprehended, you can seek damages from his or her insurance company for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable Huntington Beach car accident lawyer can advise you regarding how your own auto insurance policy might apply to a case where a hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended or where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.