A recent crash in Rancho Cucamonga recently highlighted several dangers that many motorists may not realize are much bigger hazards both nationwide and in California than most people realize. The accident involved a motorist who had stopped on the shoulder of Highway 210 and exited his car to change a tire or for some similar purposes and was then hit and killed while on the shoulder of the highway by a driver who fled the scene of the accident and still has not been found by police. This accident highlights the true dangers of hit and run crashes in California, which occur with more frequency than most people realize in California and can have devastating consequences.
According to a report from the local Los Angeles CBS affiliate, the recent 210 hit and run accident occurred near Hermosa Avenue on the westbound 210 at Archibald just after 7:35 p.m. in the evening. The victim had apparently stepped out of his vehicle and was standing on the shoulder of the road when he was struck by a white Toyota Camry. The force of the impact was so strong that the victim’s driver’s side vehicle door was peeled all the way back as a result of the collision. However, it is what happened next that is even more shocking. After hitting the vehicle, the Camry’s driver simply kept going. The Camry was found abandoned near the site of the accident with damage to the front end of the vehicle consistent with an accident, including yellow paint from the victim’s yellow Hyundai on the front of the Camry. Police interviewed by a CBS reporter also reported that several witnesses reported having seen the Camry’s female driver walking away from the scene of the accident. By the time EMS personnel had arrived, there was nothing they could do for the victim. The driver of the Camry still remains at large.
Hit and run accidents are far more common in California than most people realize. California has one of the highest rates of hit and run crashes in the nation, even though leaving the scene of an accident in which someone has been injured or killed is a criminal offense in California. A report from the Solano News found that the Golden State had 337 hit and run fatalities in 2016, the most recent year for which complete data is available according to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This far exceeded the second place state, which was Texas with 233 hit and run fatalities. The survey also found that the number of hit and run accidents across the country have increased by an average of 7.2 percent annually since 2009 and that more than 65 percent of hit and run fatalities occur to either pedestrians or bicyclists.
Was you, or someone you love, injured or killed by a hit and run driver in Los Angeles or elsewhere Southern California? This is an extremely common occurrence in both Los Angeles as well as California more generally, so much so that California has the highest number of hit and run crashes in the country by far. If this impacted you or someone you know or love, contact us immediately at (888) 529-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have successfully pursued personal injury claims against dozens of negligent drivers who have injured or killed pedestrians, bicyclists or innocent bystanders in Los Angeles in the past in hit and run accidents and we fight tooth and nail to recover every element of damage for our clients that they are entitled to under California law. Without the help of a trusted personal injury law firm like JT Legal Group when you have been injured or killed in a hit and run incident in Los Angeles or some other part of Southern California, your claim may be subject to getting pushed to the side or completely rejected. For more information, including a free consultation regarding your particular situation, contact our firm immediately – we’re here to help you.
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