East County Magazine reported on July 18, 2010 that a 65-year-old pedestrian was struck by a hit-and run driver in the College area of San Diego. The victim was found lying in the street around midnight on the 6400 block of Alvarado Road. Police reported that the 57-year-old driver of the hit-and run vehicle, who had been drinking, returned to the scene and admitted to having struck something. Further investigation determined that she was the one who had struck the victim, who was transported to a local trauma center and diagnosed with multiple injuries including a broken leg and brain injury.
Drunk driving in California is on the rise, and is increasingly becoming a problem for law enforcement, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians (see my prior Blog post San Diego Woman Arrested For Fatal Coronado Traffic Accident for further details).
Applicable California law
California Vehicle Code 20001 details the requirements and penalties for drivers involved in vehicular accidents resulting in personal injury. California Vehicle Code 23152 prohibits driving while under the influence of alcohol. The driver of the vehicle will likely be charged with both offenses. The issue, which is of the greatest concern, is whether she has sufficient insurance coverage or other assets to adequately compensate the victim. In this particular instance, the pedestrian having sustained a broken leg and brain injury resulting in bleeding of his brain, will have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. In addition, the man will most likely have significant, and possibly life long residual physical and psychological challenges, from his injuries requiring ongoing treatment.
Pedestrians, in particular, are at great risk from inattentive motorists. This is further aggravated when drivers are intoxicated. Car Accidents, Truck Accidents and Bus Accidents involving pedestrians in most cases result in catastrophic injuries or death. Victims or their loved ones should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney.