As of June, 2014, San Diego County already has 11 fatal pedestrian or bicyclist hit and run accidents on record. According to a recent report by the Voice of San Diego, that number is already one higher than previous yearly averages. Seeing as we’re only half way through the year, 2014 is likely to be a record breaking year.
Unfortunately, this is not the type of record breaking year that San Diegans are proud of. In a city that is ideal for walking and biking, citizens and visitors should not be worried about getting hit by a car let alone having to deal with the ramifications of a hit and run accident.
The California Highway Patrol reports that from 2008 to 2012 there were over 17,000 hit and run accidents in the county. 7,000 individuals were injured in these accidents and 57 died. Alcohol is often a factor in these accidents, giving drivers the incentive to flee the scene in an attempt to avoid a DUI instead of stopping to help victims. If the victim is injured or killed in these accidents, state law can provide for an enhancement from a misdemeanor charge to a felony.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a hit and run accident in San Diego, compensation may be available. Drivers who are not operating their vehicles with care should be held liable for their actions. Contact an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options and help better ensure your right to any compensation is protected.
Source: Voice of San Diego, “The Year of the Deadly Hit-and-Run,” Mario Koran, June 9, 2014