Van Nuys: Two Teenagers Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident
Shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, two teenagers were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Van Nuys. An older-model pickup truck—possibly a green Nissan—struck the male and female pedestrians, both 14, as they traversed a crosswalk at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Ranchito Avenue, the driver fleeing the scene. They were transported to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident and have requested that witnesses call the Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8020.
“A hit-and-run accident can be as financially devastating as physically,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the absence of the driver, the victim must endure both the pain and the expense of his or her recovery.”
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 198 pedestrians and injured another 4,786 in Los Angeles in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The incidence of pedestrian fatalities in the state increased from 5.4 percent from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010. Hit-and-run accidents accounted for 147 of the traffic-related fatalities and 19,009 of the injuries suffered in the state that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two teenagers who were injured in the hit-and-run yesterday.
The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this accident.
Resources for accident victims, such as articles on pedestrians’ rights and on civil recourse after a traffic incident resulting in injury, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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