Most California residents know that if they become involved in a motor vehicle accident, they must remain at the scene, face the consequences and, most importantly, ensure injured victims receive the necessary medical attention. Nevertheless, some drivers flee the area immediately following a collision, perhaps to avoid being held accountable or simply from fear. However, people who run from such situations are not only acting illegally, but they are also worsening the outcome for themselves and possibly injured victims.
In a recent tragic example, a vehicle struck a teenage girl and her boyfriend as they were riding his new minibike near her home in Hemet. The incident happened during the evening of Christmas Day. Reportedly, the driver of the vehicle that hit them fled the scene. The girl’s boyfriend was treated for minor injuries at the crash scene, while she was transported to a hospital by air ambulance.
The girl’s father has said his 16-year-old daughter remains in the hospital in critical condition. She has suffered multiple broken bones and lacerations as well as internal bleeding in her head, and she has not yet regained consciousness. According to a Hemet police officer, authorities have not yet located the suspect vehicle. So far, they have not found evidence indicating the driver was DUI. The family has started a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
When police find the suspect and the investigation concludes, it seems likely he or she will face criminal charges. No matter the consequences that lie ahead for the person responsible, the young victim has already endured pain and suffering, and her family now faces financial struggles. They may consider exploring their options within the California civil justice system. If successfully litigated, a personal injury lawsuit would hold the person responsible fully accountable as well as help the victim’s family cover medical expenses.