18 year-old Joe Barrett is clinging to life today after being struck by a hit-and-run driver just after 9:00 in the evening after spending the day at the library.
Barrett was hit on the eastbound onramp to Highway 4 off the Port Chicago Highway in Concord after getting off the bus. Appallingly, the driver of the car left Barrett on the side of the road with critical injuries. While the California Highway Patrol has a person and vehicle of interest in the case, it is seeking help from the public to find the driver.
Despite the fact that the driver remains at large, the State of California must share some of the blame in this matter. How do we know? Our award-winning personal injury law firm represented a young man who was injured in similar circumstances in the exact same location.
Anna Dubrovsky Wins $4.25 Million Settlement in Crouch v. State of California
Our client was severely injured by a driver while crossing one of the onramps at the same intersection as Joe Barrett. Due to the design of the freeway, pedestrians are often forced to take this dangerous route.
While the driver had only the minimum $15,000 in insurance, we sued the state of California and settled for more than $4.25 million.
If you have been injured or had a loved one killed in a hit-and-run accident, Anna Dubrovsky is the attorney you need representing you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Hit-and-Runs on the Rise Across the Country
There is a hit-and-run accident in the United States every 43 seconds, and California led the nation with 337 fatal hit-and-run accidents based on the most recent available data from AAA. Moreover, one in five of these accidents involves pedestrians like Joe. The instinct to flee the scene of an accident may confound responsible human beings of all ages and genders, but the sad fact is that hit-and-run injuries are rampant.
While we have no information on the driver who struck Joe Barrett at this point, research has also shown that drivers who leave the scene of an accident are between two and nine times as likely to have a BAC above zero. These drivers are also more likely to have a prior history of DWI.
These accidents continue to plague highways, byways and side streets alike. While the drivers need to bear responsibility for their incredibly poor judgment, it is also important that we work to make sidewalks, intersections and other places where car and foot traffic intersect safer for pedestrians.
If you have any information about the driver who struck Joe Barrett, contact the California Highway Patrol so this person can be brought to justice. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact us today. More than one party may be responsible for your injuries in the eyes of the law.