An unidentified Spring Valley pedestrian suffered head injuries and was taken to an area hospital after a hit-and run crash at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Jamacha Road, according to recent reports.
The vehicle was described as a black Toyota truck that left the scene after hitting the pedestrian. CHP officers are searching for the driver and officials have asked that anyone with any information come forward. There is no word on the victim’s prognosis.
While anyone can be the victim of a hit-and-run accident, experts note that there are certain types of accidents in which the driver is more likely to flee than others. One report stated that drivers were far more likely to flee the scene of an accident if they had been drinking or had outstanding warrants, an expired license or no insurance. Further, drivers who hit pedestrians are more likely to flee than if they hit another vehicle.
The reasons for this phenomenon are easy to understand. Drivers who are drinking are much less likely to make good decisions than those who are sober and are more likely to panic. Further, drivers who have outstanding warrants or who fear arrest are not likely to stay at the scene of an accident.
Why do drivers flee more often when they hit pedestrians? There could be several explanations. Pedestrian accident victims cannot chase a fleeing car as someone could if a driver left the scene after hitting a vehicle. Pedestrian accident victims are often unconscious or severely incapacitated, making it unlikely that they can identify the driver, whereas a driver or passengers in a vehicle might be able to give police a full description. In some cases, intoxicated drivers may not even realize they have hit and injured a pedestrian until they notice the serious damage to the vehicle.
Pedestrian accident victims may be entitled to collect compensation for their injuries even if they are involved in a hit-and-run accident. In some cases, other parties may be liable for the damages; in other cases, the driver may eventually be identified. Hit-and-run victims should never assume that they cannot collect compensation for their injuries.
If you have suffered injuries in any type of pedestrian accident, contact Dan Gilleon in San Diego immediately. Dan Gilleon is a compassionate and experienced personal injury attorney who will help you manage your pedestrian accident case and recover the greatest amount possible for your injuries.