Laguna Niguel, CA – Hit and Run Crash with Injuries on Crown Valley Pkwy

Laguna Niguel, CA (August 4, 2022) – On Saturday, July 30, a hit-and-run crash was reported in Laguna Niguel.

According to reports, the accident occurred on Crown Valley Pkwy between Golden Lantern and Nueva Vista. A vehicle was traveling in the area when it struck a second vehicle.

The driver of the first vehicle immediately fled the scene westbound on Crown Valley Pkwy towards Pacific Coast Hwy without checking on the driver of the second vehicle. The suspect that fled the scene was later apprehended by police and is being held for arraignment in Santa Ana on charges of hit-and-run causing injuries.

The vehicle that remained at the scene sustained substantial damage from the accident. Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and transported the driver, a 24-year-old woman to the hospital for critical injuries.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Our thoughts are with the victim injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.

Hit-and-Run Accidents in California

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. Oftentimes, a driver will flee the scene of an accident when they have engaged in other illegal activities. 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:

  1. Collect as much information as possible while at the scene of the accident (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 involved in a car accident is a stressful event, but if the other driver doesn’t stop and exchange information with you, it makes the situation that much more stressful and difficult. Especially if you’re injured by this accident, you may be even more worried about who will pay for your medical care, expenses, and lost wages if you can’t work for a period of 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).

If you or a family member were in a hit-and-run accident you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer who can walk you through the process of what is to come and help you understand your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Contact a Laguna Niguel 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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