Santa Ana, CA (November 25, 2022) – On Thursday, November 24, a hit-and-run crash was reported in Santa Ana that resulted in injuries.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in the vicinity of State Route 22 and Interstate 5. The accident happened when a vehicle merged into the same space as another vehicle on the interstate, causing a collision at full speed. The driver that smashed into the second vehicle did not stop at the accident scene but immediately fled without stopping to check 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 shortly. The vehicle that was hit, sustained significant damage as a result of the collision. Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and tended to the injured occupants of the vehicle. Officials report that significant 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 victims injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Accidents in California freeways, such as the I-5, are often very serious due to the high speeds at which the cars travel. California has many complex freeway systems with multiple lanes of high-speed traffic. Multiple freeways connect and merge in the city centers. These interchanges have even more lanes of traffic and can be more difficult for cars to navigate. Cars travel in every direction and often make last-second decisions to change course and get on a different freeway. These areas can be very hazardous and can often result in collisions.
California law states when in an accident, you must stop and remain at an accident scene to exchange your license and insurance information with the other parties. Unfortunately, there are an increasing amount of news stories where drivers are fleeing from an accident scene. Oftentimes, drivers flee an accident when they have engaged in illegal activities, such as drinking and driving 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.
Being in a car accident can be very stressful both immediately after it occurs and in the weeks and months following. When the other driver doesn’t stop to exchange information, it makes the situation more stressful and difficult. Especially if you’re injured, it may cause you to worry about how you will pay for your medical care, expenses, and lost wages if you can’t work for some time. The police are very successful at finding people who flee from an accident. However, in the event the person that hit you is not located, you may still receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the accident. This is typically covered under California’s uninsured motorist coverage (UM) that each driver has under their insurance policy. In this situation, you would file a claim with your own insurance policy.
If you or a family member were hurt 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 filing a claim and will help you understand your rights and how much you may be entitled to as 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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