There are few people with a more callous disregard for human life than a hit-and-run driver. Some hit-and-run drivers will come to a stop after they’ve hit another vehicle before they flee the scene. Others will never even slow after the crash.
Worse are the hit-and-runs involving pedestrians or bicyclists. The IE Grapevine recently ran an article on a Riverside County accident in which a black sedan never stopped moving after it struck a bicyclist on Limonite Avenue in Jurupa Valley.
The bicyclist later died at Kaiser Hospital of Ontario as a result of his injuries.
The driver had not only failed to stop at a red light at an intersection, but was also driving west in the eastbound lanes of Limonite at the time the car hit the bicyclist.
According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2012.
Bicyclist injuries totaled approximately 49,000 that year. That figure is up 8.9 percent over the number of injuries a decade earlier.
Bicycling enthusiasts note that bicycling accounts for only one percent of all trips made in the United States, yet bicyclist fatalities represent about two percent of all traffic deaths. No one knows for sure why bicyclists appear to be overrepresented in statistics, though it might have something to do with the fact that it takes longer for a bicycle to cover 10 miles, for instance, than a car to cover the same distance. That extra exposure to traffic and drivers could factor into the disparity.
Regardless, there is no good explanation for the hit-and-run driver. For anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one to a careless motorist, a discussion with an experienced attorney can make clear the legal options available for pursuit of compensation for damages.
Source: IEgrapevine.com, "Jurupa Valley: Authorities seek suspect of deadly hit and run," Kris L. Knott, May 29, 2014