Over the weekend, a 14-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Ventura. The boy was skateboarding westbound on Darling Road just after 10 p.m. A car traveling eastbound down the road hit the teenager. A witness to the accident called 911.
The teenage boy was treated at the scene of the accident by first responders, then taken to Ventura County Medical Center for further treatment for his injuries sustained in the collision. In the hours following the accident, he was luckily said to be in stable condition as he was not wearing a helmet at the time he was hit.
Police are still looking for the driver of the vehicle that hit the young boy. KTLA News reported that “the vehicle did not stop, and the driver did not try rendering aid to the victim.” As of right now, Police do not have a description of the car or driver. They are asking anyone with information about this accident to contact the police at 805-339-4451.
Hopefully a thorough investigation of this hit-and-run accident can lead the police to find the driver responsible for the young boy’s injuries. In a hit-and-run situation, if the driver is found, the driver will likely face criminal charges as it is against the law to flee the scene of an accident you cause and fail to give aid to a victim you hurt. However, in addition to these criminal charges, the driver will also be civilly liable to the victim, the young boy in this case, for the injuries the driver caused.
If the driver is found, the victim will want to bring a Ventura personal injury claim against the driver to receive financial compensation for his injuries. In accidents that involve a vehicle and a person such as a pedestrian, skate boarder, or cyclist as the victim, the victim is usually severely harmed because of the lack of protection to their bodies when hit by something as large as a car. As such, their injuries will often require medical attention for both immediate and recovery care. Financial compensation awarded in a personal injury suit helps the victim pay for their medical expenses, and can also be awarded to cover other costs such as lost wages or pain and suffering.
If the driver is not found, there may still be options for a victim of a hit-and-run accident. This can be through their own uninsured motorist policy which would take the place of the driver to provide compensation in the even the driver is never found.
If you or someone you love is injured in a hit-and-run accident, it is very important to speak with an experienced Ventura personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney will know how to proceed with your case—not only can the attorney assist in the investigation to try to locate the driver, but the attorney can also help in determining what to do in the event the driver is not found.
A victim of a hit-and-run accident deserves compensation. The attorneys at Walch Law have years of experience handling personal injury cases in Ventura and the surrounding areas, including hit-and-run cases. Reach out today for a free consultation on your case by calling 866-465-8792.