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Driver flees scene following bike accident in Joshua Tree

One may often hear the term “hit-and-run” in relation to bicycle accidents that occur in Long Beach. While most may associate hit-and-run accidents with criminal charges, law enforcement officials aren’t always the only ones looking for drivers who flee the scene of an accident. Accident victims may have just as much interest in finding those drivers that hit them, as they could be in need of compensation to help pay for the injuries that they may have sustained during the collision. While further investigation may be required in order to determine who was at fault in the accident, the fact that one party choose to flee the scene may definitely serve to shift the liability in that direction.

A bicyclist was recently involved on a hit-and-run collision near Joshua Tree. According to witnesses, a Dodge Charger failed to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist at an intersection. The car struck the man, injuring him in the process. While it’s unknown whether the driver stopped to administer aid or see if the man was alright, it was reported that the suspect did choose to flee shortly after the collision and before officials had arrived at the scene. The community has now been asked to help locate the driver so that he or she may be questioned by investigators.

Again, it’s important to remember that a simultaneous criminal investigation does not mean that bike accident victims can’t also pursue action against the drivers that hit them. In order to ensure that they don’t interfere with that investigation while their own case is also being looked into, these victims may wish to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. 

Source: Hi-Desert Star “Wanted: Information on hit-and-run collision” Apr. 17, 2014

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