Capistrano, CA (November 18, 2022) – On Friday, November 18, a hit-and-run crash was reported in Capistrano that resulted in injuries.
According to reports, the accident occurred on the 15S near Avenida Vista Hermosa. A vehicle was traveling in the area when it struck a second vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle immediately fled the scene without stopping to check on the driver of the second vehicle. There is no information at this time as to whether the police have apprehended the suspect or if they are still searching.
The vehicle that remained at the scene sustained significant damage from the accident. Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and tended to the injured. This is a developing story, and there is no information at this time as to the extent of the injuries sustained in the accident.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. The area was closed for a time to allow police to investigate and the accident to be cleared.
Our thoughts are with the victim injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
California law clearly states that if a driver is involved in an accident, the driver must pull off the road at the scene of the accident. There is an increased number of drivers who are breaking the law and fleeing from an accident scene. Oftentimes, drivers will flee an accident when they have engaged in other illegal activities, if they have a suspended license, or do not have insurance. Failing to stop at the scene of an accident is punishable as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the circumstances. If you’ve been involved in a crash with a driver who flees the scene, taking a series of steps, if you’re able to, can help your ability to recover a settlement. These steps are to:
Being involved in a car accident is a stressful event. When the other driver doesn’t stop and exchange information with you, it makes the situation more stressful and difficult. Especially if you’re injured, you may worry more about who will pay for your medical care, expenses, and lost wages if you can’t work for some time. Many victims of hit-and-run accidents don’t know that they are still entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as a result of the accident, even when the at-fault other driver leaves the scene. This is typically covered under California’s uninsured motorist coverage (UM) that each driver has under their own insurance policy.
If you or a family member were in a hit-and-run accident you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer right away, who can walk you through the process of what is to come and help you understand your rights and what you may be entitled to as compensation for your suffering. Contact a Capistrano car accident attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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