A woman became trapped in her car and was ultimately rescued after a hit and run crash occurred last week in Chula Vista. The accident happened on Interstate 5 around 11 o’ clock at night. The suspect involved in the accident was believed to have been driving without headlights crossing the center line and slammed into the victim’s vehicle. When the victim’s vehicle rolled over in the intersection, the female driver became trapped until she was able to be released by emergency personnel.

She was then taken to the hospital with injuries. According to recent research, hit and run accidents are on the rise and they can be deadly. Pedestrians are more often the victims than individuals in another vehicle and alcohol tends to be a factor in the majority of these accidents. Many states are moving forward with opportunities to stiffen penalties and to close loopholes to help minimize the number of people injured in pedestrian accidents. You should never leave the scene of an accident, but unfortunately not all people are aware of this or willing to stay at the scene, which is how a hit and run crash can happen in San Diego or elsewhere.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for example, shows that fatal hit and run accidents are trending upward. Although just shy of 1300 people died from hit and run accident injuries in 2009, that number increased to 1393 a year later and 1449 one year after that. If you have recently been injured in a hit and run accident, it is imperative to get medical help as soon as possible even if you do not believe that your injuries are serious. Getting medical help sooner rather than later can help to prevent severe injuries and allow you to get the most necessary treatment.

The police officers dispatched to the scene and your personal injury attorney may undertake efforts to identify the individual who caused the hit and run accident. It can be nerve-wracking enough to go through an accident like this, but even more frustrating if the other party does not stay at the scene. If you are ever involved in a vehicle accident, make sure to stay at the scene of the accident until emergency personnel can arrive. If you have any details about the individual who may have caused a hit and run crash, you should report this information to the police.