Police in South Los Angeles are searching for two women who allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash, which left a 64-year-old woman dead. According to a City News Service report, the victim, a Carson resident, was driving a silver Mercedes south in the 9500 block of Hoover Street when a silver Jeep Renegade ran a stop sign at 95th Street and slammed into the Mercedes. The driver of the Mercedes died at the scene. The driver of the Jeep and her passenger fled north on Hoover.
The force of the impact caused the suspects’ vehicle to spin out of control and end up on the sidewalk. The victim’s car hit a tree and a fence of a home near the intersection. A detailed description of the suspects was not available. Anyone with information about the accident or the two suspects is asked to contact LAPD’s South Traffic Division at 323-421-2571. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the woman who was tragically killed in this crash.
Los Angeles is known as the “hit-and-run capital” of the nation. According to a recent report by NBC Los Angeles, there were more than 28,000 hit-and-run crashes in Los Angeles County in 2015. About 50 percent of all traffic accidents in Los Angeles County involve hit-and-run drivers. The American Automobile Association estimates that the national average is 11 percent. According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 297 deaths and 18,351 injuries in hit-and-run crashes statewide.
It is illegal in California to leave the scene of a crash. It is a felony crime under state law to flee the scene of an injury or fatal crash. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
In addition to exchanging pertinent information with other parties involved in the collision, the law also requires motorists in California to stop and render aid to the injured victims. In this particular case it also appears that the hit-and-run driver may have caused the accident by running a stop sign at the street intersection, which is a violation of California Vehicle Code section 21802.
The law states: “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
When a hit-and-run crash occurs, it is the victims and their families who suffer tremendously because not only are they faced with sudden expenses such as medical costs or funeral or burial costs, but also because they are left without a sense of justice.
In general, if you have been injured in a Los Angeles hit-and-run crash, there are a number of steps you can take in order to protect your legal rights. It may be a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney Los Angeles to discuss your options. Here are a few steps you would be well advised to take:
In cases where families have lost loved ones as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, they may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault parties by filing what is known as a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil lawsuit, which allows surviving family members to seek monetary compensation for their tremendous losses. Wrongful death lawsuits are usually filed by immediate family members of the decedent such as spouses, partners and children. These claims can also be filed by parents, siblings or others who may have been financially dependent on the deceased victim.
In such cases, you need an experienced lawyer in your corner, someone who will fight for your rights every step of the way. Dealing with insurance companies in hit-and-run cases can be extremely tricky. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will analyze all aspects of the case and help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and pain and suffering. Families that have lost loved ones may be able to obtain support for medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.