Westminster, CA (January 8, 2022) – On Saturday evening, January 7, a hit-and-run crash was reported in Westminster that caused serious injury.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:45 p.m. on I-405 near Magnolia Street. A vehicle was traveling northbound in the area when it struck a second vehicle. The driver causing the collision immediately fled the scene without checking on the well-being of the driver of the second vehicle. It is not clear if the police have apprehended or are still searching for the fleeing suspect.
The vehicle that remained at the scene sustained significant damage during the accident. Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and tended to the injured party. There is no indication at this time as to the number of people injured in the accident or the extent of their injuries.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. The driver causing the accident will be charged with hit-and-run causing injury once detained.
Our thoughts are with the victim injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Hit-and-run accidents occur very frequently in the Golden State. California has been identified as the deadliest state for hit-and-run accidents, as about 17% of the country’s hit-and-run accidents occur in the state. However, this is a serious violation of the law. California law states that if a driver is involved in an accident, they must pull off the road at the scene to exchange information with the other parties. Failure to stop at the scene of an accident is punishable as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the circumstances.
The rate at which hit-and-run accidents occur in California is alarming. Therefore, people need to be prepared and informed should they be a victim of this kind of accident. After a hit-and-run accident, documenting as much information as possible may help police to apprehend the individual and may help your ability to recover a settlement. If you are not seriously injured and are physically able, you should gather the following pieces of information:
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic event, but if the other driver doesn’t stop and exchange information with you, it makes the situation much more stressful and difficult. If you or a family member were in a hit-and-run accident, you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer who will explain the process of filing a claim and help you understand your legal rights. Contact a Westminster 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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