On March 31, 2013, a wrong way crash took the lives of two men near Beaumont, California around 1:22 AM. A Highland man was fleeing a hit-and-run accident when he drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 10. The 23 year-old driver drove into oncoming traffic as he was driving west on the eastbound lanes. The driver collided head on into a pickup truck causing a fiery crash, where he was killed. Both vehicles burst into flames and the other driver was killed as well. The third person involved sustained major injuries.
Hit and Run Accidents
Unfortunately, the story described above occurs quite frequently. A driver involved in a hit-and-run accident causes another vehicle collision while endeavoring to quickly flee the scene. Hit-and-run accidents and the resulting aftermath can lead to tragic and fatal consequences for all parties involved.
Committing a hit-and-run is a very serious crime and can be considered a felony if anyone is seriously injured by your actions. If you have been involved in a car accident, do not flee the scene unless you are given confirmation by the State Highway Patrol. After an accident, you should check to make sure all involved parties are okay, exchange contact and insurance information, and contact the state highway patrol. You should always follow the effective steps after an accident to best resolve the situation rather than flee the scene.
Consequences of Hit-And-Run Accidents
If you leave immediately without offering information you can be accused of committing a hit-and-run. There are severe legal consequences for this crime including, but not limited to:
- Suspensions or cancellation of driver’s license
- Depending on the situation, punishment by imprisonment
- Void of insurance policy of the driver by an insurance company
Hit-And-Run Accident Injuries
It is estimated that more than 11 percent of all vehicle collisions in the United States each year are hit-and-run accidents. Many of these accidents result in severe injuries for the parties involved. Often times, victims of these accidents can be left with the financial and physical burden of their injuries.
If you were recently injured after a hit-and-run accident you should speak to a personal injury attorney. With vast resources and legal experience, a personal injury attorney may be able to earn you monetary compensation for your injuries. If your injuries required medical treatment or affected your ability to earn income, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover any losses caused by the hit-and-run accident.