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Capistrano, CA (December 10, 2022) – On Saturday morning, December 10, a hit-and-run crash was reported in Capistrano that resulted in injuries.

According to reports, the accident occurred on the 15S freeway near the Pacific Coast Highway. A vehicle was traveling in the area when it struck a second vehicle. The first vehicle’s driver immediately fled the scene without stopping to check on the second vehicle’s driver. 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, helped people from their vehicles, and tended to injuries. This is a developing story. Officials have reported that there were injuries sustained in the accident but there is no information at this time as to the extent of the injuries sustained or the number of people injured.

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 victims injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.

Hit-and-Run Accidents in California

California law dictates that if a driver is involved in an accident, they must pull off the road at the scene of the accident and exchange information with the other parties. An increased number of drivers are breaking the law and fleeing from an accident scene. Often, drivers flee an accident when they have engaged in other illegal activities, such as driving with a suspended license, driving while impaired, or driving without insurance. Failing to stop at the scene of an accident is a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the circumstances. If you’ve been involved in a crash with a driver who flees the scene, the following steps can help you document the accident and help your ability to recover a settlement. These steps are to:

  1. Collect as much information as possible about the accident while at the scene (i.e. make, model, color, and license plate number of the other vehicle)
  2. Call the police as soon as possible (so they can record the accident and investigate)
  3. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses (this information can be given to the police when they arrive)
  4. Get immediate medical attention
  5. Report the accident to your own insurance company

Being in a car accident is a stressful event. Especially if you’re injured, you may worry more about how you 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. An experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the legal system to get you the most compensation.

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. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.

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