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Hit-and-Run Accident in Castro Valley

A child was taken to the hospital with serious injuries following a recent hit-and-run collision in Castro Valley, according to CHP traffic officers. The incident occurred on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, near the intersection of Castro Valley Boulevard and Nunes Avenue, officials said.

Details on the Hit-and-Run Accident in Castro Valley

The hit-and-run accident reportedly occurred near a fast-food restaurant, Jack in the Box, and involved a white SUV. The vehicle allegedly crashed into a child walking in the area and fled the scene following the pedestrian accident, according to the California Highway Patrol. The child was last reported in stable condition.

An active search for the suspect driver and vehicle is underway. Officials have recently released an image with a clearer view of the suspect car, a white Nissan SUV. Those with information on the hit-and-run accident are encouraged to contact the CHP Castro Valley area office at (510) 581-9028.

Things to Know About Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents

Walking is a way of life and a mode of transportation in California. However, the golden state sees a high rate of fatal pedestrian accidents annually. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 893 fatalities were reported in car vs. pedestrian crashes in 2018, the year with the most recent data available. With this information in mind, it is essential that drivers and pedestrians take precautions when sharing the road. While drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians on the road, they owe a greater duty to children. Regardless of the circumstances, a motorist must exercise additional due care when driving in areas where children are present. This may include parks, residential areas, school zones, and shopping centers.

Negligent drivers and their insurance companies have a responsibility to pay for the losses resulting from a pedestrian accident they caused. An injured pedestrian may have a claim for financial recovery under the other side’s insurance policy so long as there is clear evidence demonstrating negligence on the part of the involved driver. Evidence may include police reports, medical records that link the incident and reported injuries, statements from eyewitnesses, and expert witness testimony.

If the at-fault party does not have liability coverage or carries minimal bodily injury liability limits, an injured pedestrian may have recourse through their uninsured and underinsured motorist protection. If the injured party does not have auto insurance, but a member in their household does and has UM/UIM coverage, they may have a claim so long as they are not excluded from the plan. What is useful about UM coverage is that it may pay for losses up to the plan’s limits for a hit-and-run accident, even if the suspect party is not located. For more information, reach out to one of our experienced injury lawyers from our law firm. Learn how we can help by setting up a free consultation or watching the video below.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Hayward personal injury lawyer. The large population of pedestrians in California, including Hayward, means that a higher number of people are susceptible to injury due to careless drivers on the road. If you or a loved one were injured in a collision as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to financial recovery for the harm you have endured. A pedestrian accident lawyer from our law firm can help you and your family recover what was lost from the incident, including medical bills, lost wages, and more. We are available at (510) 631-0200 or (800) 404-5400 to provide free, friendly case advice.

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