When you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, you stop, regardless of whose fault the accident was. As Orange County car accident attorneys who represent the seriously injured, we see examples of how motorists get themselves in trouble because of a momentary lapse in judgment, when they actually believe it is fine for them to leave the scene of an injury accident just because the accident may have been the other party’s fault. Guess what? If you left the scene of an injury hit-and-run crash, you could be looking at being charged with a felony crime.
We see examples of these cases pretty much on a daily basis. On the night of March 28, 2016 a male pedestrian was seriously injured in a Fullerton hit-and-run crash. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the collision was reported in the 400 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue when a vehicle struck a man running across the eastbound lanes. The driver left the scene. The victim was transported to an area hospital with severe injuries. Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver.
Orange County Hit-and-Runs
According to the California Highway Patrol’s statistics, in 2013, 11 people were killed in hit-and-run traffic collisions in Orange County. Preliminary totals for 2014 indicate that 19 people died in hit-and-run collisions, and so far in 2015 five people have been killed in five collisions. There were 956 hit-and-run injury collisions in 2013 and 1,058 in 2014 in Orange County, according to the CHP. There have been 667 injury collisions so far in 2015.
What the Law Says
The law in California is very clear as far as what motorists are required to do if they are involved in a collision. California Vehicle Code 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.” A driver must do so irrespective of whose fault the accident was. That’s up to law enforcement officials to decide. As motorists, we have the duty to stop, remain at the scene, cooperate with officials and most importantly, get injured victims the help they need.
Holding Drivers Accountable
If you have any information about this most recent hit-and-run in Fullerton, please visit our Hit-and-Run Reward page at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward. This program is among our efforts to eradicate this hit-and-run epidemic that has afflicted our communities. Together, we can do what is necessary to hold hit-and-run drivers accountable.