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Moped Rider Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Car Accident

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Anthony Simile, 22, was severely injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a car struck his moped, the night of December 15, 2011. According to a news report in The La Canada Sun, the motorcycle accident occurred at the Fresh and Easy parking lot in Burbank. Officials say Simile was ejected from his moped after the collision at Sparks Street and Verdugo Avenue, and suffered a fracture to his top right thighbone that was so severe that he required surgery. The suspect, Danny Jesus Garcia, 41, left the scene of the crash, but was tracked down shortly after the incident. Authorities found methamphetamines in his possession, and arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

My thoughts and prayers are with the seriously injured victim, Anthony Simile, who apparently had to undergo surgery. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 35 injuries reported due to DUI collisions in Burbank. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 204 people died and 4,672 were injured in DUI crashes, during the same year.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Based on this news report, Garcia was not only under the influence at the time, but also crashed into Simile and left him lying in the parking lot badly injured and exposed to further danger. Unconscionable! Leaving the scene of an injury collision is not only inhumane and irresponsible, but it is also illegal under California law. 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.” Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a).

Liability Issues

In cases involving such negligence and wrongdoing, injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing DUI drivers. Victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, and past and future pain and suffering. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to inform victims about how their own auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.

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