A man was critically injured after he was struck while crossing a street in Perris.
According to a report in The Press-Enterprise, the major injury pedestrian accident occurred on the night of Aug. 15 at Orange Avenue and Redlands Avenue. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said the man was walking west on Orange and tried to cross Redlands when a gray sedan going northbound struck him. The vehicle did not remain at the scene and drove away.
Witnesses and bystanders stopped to assist the man and call emergency services. He was transported to an area hospital where he was said to be in critical condition. Authorities asked anyone with information about the suspect to call sheriff’s deputies at 951-210-1000.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this pedestrian crash. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Violation of Laws in Perris Hit and Run
California laws require motorists to exercise due care whether or not pedestrians are in crosswalks. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.”
Motorists also have a responsibility to stop and remain at 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 such cases, at-fault drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, and pain and suffering. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.