National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

California Hit-and-Run: After the Biker Flew, the Driver Fled

Must those involved in car accidents stay at the scene?

An aerospace engineering student experienced flight via a California motorcycle accident. But unlike in space, we don’t have zero gravity on Earth. And his landing was particularly rough.

Video surveillance footage indicates that the San Diego hit-and-run accident occurred when a Jeep made an illegal U-turn into the path of the student’s motorcycle. The impact, estimated at about 35 to 40 mph, caused the biker to be ejected, “front flip” over the vehicle, and sustain serious injuries, including arm, back, and hand injuries and a particularly “severe” leg injury. The leg shattered in two places and twisted “at a 90° angle” causing the victim excruciating pain at the scene.

To add insult to injury, the Jeep driver reportedly ran up to the victim while he was lying in the road, then immediately turned and fled the scene in his Jeep. The victim reported that the accident and recuperation may ground his anticipated final exam plans.

In California, there is a legal duty to stop and remain at the scene until authorities arrive if you are involved in a car accident that results in an injury or death. Victims of hit-and-run accidents–particularly motorcyclists or others who are hit without the protection of a vehicle–may face serious injuries and extended rehabilitation time.

In a personal injury lawsuit, compensatory damages for medical expenses, anticipated future medical or rehabilitation costs, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages may be recovered.  If the hit-and-run driver is not eventually apprehended, and the victim has uninsured motorist coverage, their own insurance provider may provide compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, a motorcycle accident, or any kind of accident, the personal injury attorneys at J&Y Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. From our headquarters in Los Angeles and our 21 offices throughout the state, we represent California residents as well as visitors who are injured as a result of the negligence of others. Call 888-806-6722 for a free consultation.