In three separate Inland Empire accidents, one in Fontana, another in Jurupa Valley, and a third in Claremont, California, these accidents were reported as being caused by persons who left the accident scene following the collision. These three hit and run accidents resulted in serious injuries to six individuals and the loss of life of two other.
In Fontana, a Rancho Cucamonga man driving a black Ford Escape apparently ran a red light near the intersection of Sierra Avenue and the 10 Freeway. After running the red light, the hit and run driver slammed into the back of a Nissan Altima with five people occupying the vehicle. All those in the car were taken to the hospital. Immediately following the accident, the driver of the Escape ran from the scene of the accident. On June 29, 2014, the driver was arrested in Rancho Cucamonga.
In a separate accident in Jurupa Valley, a hit and run driver left one dead. In this accident, at about 10:50 p.m., the victim was a pedestrian who was struck by a Toyota pickup. The driver has yet to be identified.
The third accident was on the 210 Freeway in Claremont when a drunk driver rear-ended a Dodge causing it to lose control and roll up an embankment and began to roll over. The passenger was ejected and thrown from the car. The car landed upside down with the driver injured. The drunk driver drove away and was later found as he entered his driver way.
Hit and run accidents have several challenges for their victims. The first challenge is dealing with the nature of the accident itself. While the injury victims are suffering from their injuries, the person at fault is not willing to take responsibility for the damages and injuries caused by his or her neglect. This can be emotionally challenging when it is difficult to determine how the accident occurred and/or who is at fault.
The next aspect of these accidents that becomes challenging is trying to find compensation for the payment of medical expenses, loss of earnings, permanent injuries, pain and suffering or the loss of life of a family member. Unless the driver of the responsible vehicle is found, and that driver has sufficient insurance, which is often not the case, the injury victims may not have a source of financial recovery for their losses. One alternative to securing financial recovery from the negligent hit and run driver, is turning to an uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy issued to the accident victims through their own insurance coverage, if that type of insurance policy was purchased prior to the accident. Uninsured motorist coverage can also be available to a pedestrian injury if he or she is covered by this type of insurance under an automobile insurance policy providing coverage to the pedestrian.
These tragic accidents have caused great trauma and loss for the involved families, relatives and friends. Starting with an immediate investigation and search for both the hit and run driver or vehicle, and researching all possible sources of financial recovery, can assist injury victims. These efforts can promptly answer questions, hold the hit and run driver responsible and find some financial restoration, if possible.
Inland Empire Law Group wants the victims of hit and run drivers to receive proper compensation and answers to the serious questions which plague injury victims. For those requiring high quality legal representation in the Inland Empire, call 909-481-0100 to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn your legal rights and start your road to recovery.