Three people were injured in a hit and run accident after a driver crashed into a Hawaiian Gardens restaurant the night of Jan. 9. According to a KTLA news report, the car accident was reported after a GMC pickup truck that was traveling east in the 12000 block of East Carson Street drove into the wall of the Don Ruben Mexican Grill.
The truck damaged the restaurant’s kitchen and caused hot cooking oil to splash onto three employees. Two of the employees ended up being transported to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries. A third employee declined transport. The driver fled the scene by foot and is currently being sought by the authorities. No driver description was immediately available. A gas line at the restaurant was also ruptured due to the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees injured in this hit and run crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of a car accident that has resulted in injuries and/or fatalities. The law 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.” Motorists are required to not only remain at the scene, but also exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and most importantly, render aid to injured victims. Getting prompt medical attention can often make the difference between life and death in these cases.
Compensation for Victims
In this particular case, since the victims were on the job at the time of the incident, they may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries and losses. In addition, individuals may also be able to claim compensation through their auto insurance policy. If the driver is apprehended, he or she can also be held financially liable for the damages caused, including property damage.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled hit and run cases will be able to help injured victims and their families recover maximum compensation for their losses.