East County Magazine reported that a 65-year-old man was struck by a hit-and run driver in the College area of San Diego on July 18, 2010. The pedestrian was found lying in the street on the 6400 block of Alvarado Road around midnight. Police reported that the 57-year-old woman driver of the vehicle, had been drinking and returned to the scene admitting having struck something. Police Investigators determined that she was the one who had struck the victim, who sustained with multiple injuries including a broken leg and brain injury and was transported to a local trauma center. Drunk driving is escalating in California, and is a growing problem for law enforcement .(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 duties of drivers who are involved in an vehicular resulting in personal injury to others and the penalties for failing to comply, such as stopping at the scene. California Vehicle Code 23152 prohibits driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The driver of the hit-and run vehicle will likely face felony criminal charges for both offenses. The issue of greatest concern is whether she has adequate insurance coverage or other assets to fully compensate the victim. Since the victim sustained a broken leg and a brain injury resulting in bleeding of his brain, his medical expenses will be in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Furthermore, the victim will probably have significant, and possibly life-long residual physical and psychological consequences from his injuries requiring treatment.
Pedestrians are at great risk from drunk drivers and inattentive motorists. Auto accidents, truck accidents and bus accidents involving pedestrians in many instances result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Accident victims need the guidance and counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney.