Lana Lewis Fairfield: Lana Lewis Injured In Fairfield Hit-and-Run Car Accident While Riding Bicycle Near Green Valley Middle School
FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA (June 27, 2020) – A 14-year-old bicyclist identified as Lana Lewis was seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident near Green Valley Middle School.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 1:28 p.m. on Monday. For reasons that remain under investigation a driver suspected of speeding hit Lana Lewis.
That driver fled the scene and is currently being pursued by police. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Lana Lewis. Her bicycle was found around 50 feet from the accident site.
She was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment for her injuries. Police are describing the suspect’s vehicle as being a 2003 or 2004 Toyota Camry.
An investigation into the hit-and-run collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Fairfield Hit-And-Run Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are likely to be overlooked by other drivers due to their small profile. According to the IIHS, “A total of 854 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2018. This represents a 7 percent increase from the 800 bicyclist deaths that occurred in 2017. Although bicyclists deaths have decreased 15 percent since 1975, they have increased 38 percent since reaching their lowest point in 2010. ” There are a number of factors that may contribute to bicycle accidents including:
- Driver intoxication
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Prescription drug use
All drivers have an obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians and bicyclists. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10.” Drivers that flee the scene of a collision are protected by a number of laws.
According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” Drivers that flee the scene of a car accident may face criminal as well as civil liability. Victims have number rights under California’s Marsy’s Law including:
- The right to be treated with fairness and respect
- The right to be protected from the defendant
- The right to refuse an interview or deposition
Victims of bicycle accidents will typically be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claims. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Bicycle accidents tend to leave victims with very serious and lasting injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
Unfortunately, insurance companies will often fight to deny responsibility for any accident. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. It is therefore important to act quickly.
Investigating A Fairfield Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Lana Lewis. It is our sincere hope that she will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have information about the driver that fled the scene should reach out to police. This person needs to be arrested and held to account for their actions.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a hit-and-run accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the support they deserve and that negligent drivers are held to account. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.