The San Diego Police Department is searching for information in relation to a hit-and-run fatality, according to recent reports. A passing motorist discovered the lifeless body of Amber Schei, 27, on the edge of Nimitz Boulevard and called 911.
It appears that Schei was on her skateboard when a 2009 Ford Mustang struck her and then fled the scene. Schei passed away at the site of the accident. Officers stated that there was indication at the accident site of the Mustang’s windshield and passenger’s side window suffering wreckage. Tammy Wilson, the mother of Amber Schei, had come home from Afghanistan just four days before Schei was killed.
The United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have performed studies on the frequency of hit-and-run crashes and the types of victims that are typically involved. Most hit-and-run crashes happen at night, on weekends, and involve drivers who are intoxicated, unlicensed or uninsured.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reported that there were over 4,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2009 alone. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that about 11 percent of all crashes involve a hit-and-run driver, and many fatally injured victims in hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians.
If you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, there are things you can do to protect your rights. Even if the driver is not located, your own insurance company may be responsible for paying some or all of your expenses. The police will also work to locate the driver, and witnesses may be able to assist in this process.
However, even if the driver is located and brought to justice, the question of whether your medical bills and other expenses will be paid is still open. In order to recover these monetary damages, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney.
The Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego, California, has many years of experience representing victims who have been affected by hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents. Gilleon Law Firm, APC will help you fight for your rights and try to recover damages, even in a hit-and-run case. While there are no guarantees of any personal injury case’s outcome, the attorneys at Gilleon Law Firm, APC will work hard to help you receive compensation. Contact Gilleon Law Firm, APC for a free consultation at 619-702-8623.