A flatbed truck driver was arrested on multiple charges after he fled the scene of an accident, abandoning two critically-injured passengers on the side of the road.
The 29-year-old was driving down the 2900 block of Genesee Avenue when he tried to avoid hitting cars stopped at a red light. The man lost control and the truck skidded and overturned, ejecting two passengers who were riding with him.
Rather than stop and attend to his passengers, the driver pulled a U-turn and sped off to the east. Officers arrested him a short time later on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run.
One of the passengers was seriously injured, suffering fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. The other only suffered scrapes and bruises. Medics transported both men to the hospital.
Hit-and-run accidents can be difficult from a legal standpoint, due to lack of evidence and time delays in notifying the authorities. Most states consider any hit-and-run that causes injury to a person to be a felony. Depending on the circumstances, a felony hit-and-run can be punishable by up to $20,000 in fines and as many as 15 years in prison.
Lawyers Who Handle Trucking Accidents in San Diego
Trucking accidents are always dangerous, but hit-and-run accidents can quickly turn fatal because injured parties do not receive timely medical help. If anyone in your family has suffered injury or death due to a trucking accident, call Dudek Law Firm, APC so we can help you get justice. Together we can help hold reckless drivers accountable for their crimes.
[Did You Know: 1 in 5 pedestrians killed in a car accident are victims of hit-and-run drivers.]
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