A driver in a sedan struck at least one bicyclist and two pedestrians in Toluca Lake leading to a police pursuit before authorities lost the vehicle in the Universal City area. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, three people were injured in a series of crashes that took place the night of May 11.
Firefighters responded to the people that were struck on the 10300 block of West Valley Spring Lane. Police said two pedestrians and a bicyclist were injured. The driver left the scene. The severity of the victims’ injuries is not known. Police said they are looking for a silver Ford Fusion with significant damage and a Texas license plate.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these injured victims. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver struck these individuals and then fled the scene of the crash, which is illegal under California law. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Moreover, motorists are required to stop immediately, wait for the authorities to arrive, exchange pertinent information with others involved and most importantly, render aid to the injured victims.
Doing so can make the difference between life and death in many cases. Rendering aid can be something as simple as picking up your cell phone and calling 911. This helps ensure that the victims receive prompt medical care and attention. When drivers leave victims lying in the roadway without stopping to render aid, there is an increased risk of them suffering a worse injury, which is often fatal.
Justice for Victims
Hit-and-run victims, especially those who are injured, are often burdened with significant medical expenses while not being able to hold the driver accountable. In such cases, victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will remain at their side, fight for their rights and help them secure maximum compensation for their injuries and losses.
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how they may be able to seek compensation through their own auto insurance policy, especially if the at-fault driver is not identified, or if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.