When a motor vehicle accident occurs, it is against the law to leave the accident scene if there are injuries to another person. In California, depending on the circumstances of the accident, a fleeing driver could face up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
According to one Los Angeles police detective, the alleged driver of a vehicle crashed into the back of a motorcycle in San Pedro. The impact threw the motorcyclist into the street, and the man’s bike landed on him. He was transported to a local hospital, but died from his injuries. The 59-year-old man was employed by the General Services Department for the City of Los Angeles as a mechanic.
The vehicle driver lost control after the collision. His vehicle crashed and then overturned. It continued to slide about 100 yards. The two passengers in the man’s vehicle were assisted by bystanders, but the driver took off. Since then, police have identified the driver and according to an investigator, he will be arrested.
Police believe the man was intoxicated, as there were open beer cans in the vehicle. According to an LAPD detective, it is possible that the driver of the vehicle may not face charges for murder even though he was previously arrested and convicted of DUI. The night the man was driving, his license was suspended. The detective said that the man will be arrested and will most likely be charged with hit-and-run.
A civil case does not require a conviction in a criminal case. It is possible that the man could be held responsible for the man’s death even if he is not charged in criminal court.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, from your insurance company or from the at-fault driver. An attorney can advise you of your legal options.
Source: Daily Breeze, “Driver involved in fatal hit-and-run in San Pedro identified, faces arrest,” Larry Altman, July 26, 2016