November 26, 2012-Anaheim, California-Police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that began after a fight in a parking garage, according to ABC News. Two groups of people began fighting in the Anaheim Garden Walk parking structure around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday and shortly after someone drove off in one of the participants’ BMW. The owner and friends attempted to pursue the car, and one of them was hit. The driver fled the scene on foot.
The victim was rushed to an area hospital, where he remains in undisclosed condition. Officials continue to investigate the accident and are hoping someone will come forward with information on the suspect’s location. My best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the victim in this accident.
Hit-and-Run Most Common in Pedestrian Collisions
While hit-and-run collisions can occur with parked cars, moving cars, trucks, motorcycles, or bicycles, they are most common with pedestrian victims. It is much easier for a hit-and-run driver to flee the scene after hitting a pedestrian than after hitting another vehicle, since the driver of the vehicle might be able to give chase. Further, victims of hit-and-run in cars tend to have a better chance of avoiding injury or death and may be able to give police pertinent information about the hit-and-run driver. Most pedestrian victims are unable to identify the person who hit them.
In California, hit-and-runs make up a large percentage of accidents. In 2010, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, pedestrians made up more than half of the hit-and-run fatalities for the year, with 81 of the 141 hit-and-run fatalities being noted as pedestrian victims.
What Caused This Accident?
It is clear from the story that tempers were flaring and that no one was really using good judgment. In this particular case, the theft of the car seems to have been inspired by anger, and an angry driver often makes crucial errors in judgment. Unfortunately, this judgment lapse has now left one person seriously injured.
If the suspect is identified, he or she will have to face criminal charges as well as civil liability. The suspect might be made to pay for the victim’s medical bills as well as pain and suffering and other expenses as the result of a civil lawsuit. An Anaheim pedestrian accident lawyer can examine the case and advise the victim of the best way to collect damages.