Santa Ana, CA (December 9, 2022) – On Friday morning, December 9, a hit-and-run crash was reported in Santa Ana that resulted in injuries.
According to California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in the early morning of December 9, on State Route 55 near Macarthur Boulevard. The accident happened when a vehicle merged into the same space as another vehicle causing a collision. The driver that crashed into the second vehicle did not stop at the accident scene but fled from the scene, without checking on the other driver. There is no indication as to whether the police have apprehended the suspect or are still searching for them.
Emergency personnel was immediately called. Police and paramedics arrived on the scene and tended to the injured. The vehicle that was hit, sustained significant damages due to the collision. Officials report that injuries were sustained in the accident, however, there is no information at this time as to the extent of the injuries or the number of people injured 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.
Accidents on California highways happen every day and at all times of the day. They are often very serious, due to the high speeds that cars travel. California has many freeway systems with multiple lanes of high-speed traffic. California has some of the busiest roads with the longest commutes in the country. As such, drivers often travel above the speed limit to reduce their commute times. Speeding is a serious problem in California and reckless driving, in general, is the number one reason car accidents happen.
California law states that when involved in an accident, the parties must pull off to the side of the road at the accident scene to exchange information with the other parties. However, there is an increased number of drivers who are breaking the law by fleeing from accidents they’ve caused. Drivers often flee an accident when they have broken the law, for example, by driving impaired, driving with a suspended license, or not having insurance. Failing to stop at the scene of an accident is punishable as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the severity of the circumstances.
Being in a car accident is very stressful. If the other driver doesn’t stop and exchange information with you, it makes the situation that much more difficult. If you’ve suffered injuries, you may worry about how you will pay for your medical care, and expenses, and how you will support yourself if your injuries are severe and you can’t work for some time. Victims of hit-and-run accidents can receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, even if the at-fault other driver leaves the scene and isn’t ultimately apprehended. This coverage is under California’s uninsured motorist coverage (UM) which each driver has under their insurance policy. The victim in this situation would file a personal injury claim with their own insurance company. Even though you’re filing a claim through your insurance coverage, you can still have issues receiving fair compensation. The insurance company may try to short-change you and not give you what you are fully entitled to. It’s important to still speak to a knowledgeable attorney who will fight for your best interest.
If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer right away, who will walk you through the process of submitting a claim for compensation. Contact a Santa Ana 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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