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On December 6, 2022, a hit-and-run accident occurred in San Luis Obispo, causing injuries to a bicyclist. Let’s explore the details of the news with Ehline Law and our Central Cal bicycle personal injury attorneys.
The hit-and-run accident occurred at around 5 50 PM near Los Osos Valley Road and Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. According to the San Luis Obispo Fire officials, the injured bicyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was immediately moved to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Police report that the woman driving Toyota 4Runner stopped briefly after hitting the bicyclist near the Shell gas station. The driver went to check up on the bicyclist and did not render aid as she returned to her Toyota 4Runner and headed westbound on Los Osos Valley Road.
The injured bicyclist described how the woman looked to the law enforcement authorities to help expedite the investigations.
On December 8, 2022, the San Luis Obispo police arrested Andrea Wilson, the 46-year-old woman who had hit the bicyclist and fled the accident scene without offering help.
The authorities booked Wilson in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of felony hit-and-run. Prosecutors have the burden of proof and will have to prove Wilson’s crime in criminal court.
State law requires all parties involved in an accident to handle the incident properly, and their responsibility includes the following steps:
If a driver hits an unoccupied vehicle, it is their responsibility to make reasonable efforts to identify the property owner and notify them of the accident. They can leave a note with their contact details and how the incident occurred.
When a driver fails to follow the steps mentioned above and flees the accident scene, they fail to follow their legal responsibilities, which may constitute a hit-and-run.
In most states, a hit-and-run involving an unoccupied vehicle may result in a misdemeanor. On the other hand, if the person flees the accident scene after injuring or killing someone, it can lead to a felony hit and run, resulting in significant jail time and criminal fines of up to $20,000.
Even if a criminal case is going on against a negligent person, an injured victim can bring a civil action at the same time to recover compensation for their damages.
If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.
Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of the largest motorcycle accident settlements in U.S. History. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients. We pride ourselves in being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride, and a a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.
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