Choosing to leave the scene of an accident is not only unlawful, but such a decision could also leave any injured parties without medical attention for extended periods. Those who do not get the necessary treatment following motor vehicle accidents may run a greater risk of suffering long-term or even permanent injuries in the process. A 12-year-old child is in the hospital with critical injuries following a recent hit-and-run accident in California.

The accident is said to have occurred at around 9:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday. According to authorities, initial investigations indicate the crash occurred when the driver of a failed to yield the right of way upon approaching a local intersection. The car reportedly proceeded to collide with a second vehicle shortly after entering the intersection, causing the child to be ejected from within his vehicle in the process.

Authorities have advised that the child suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. They also say that the person who caused the crash chose to flee the scene on foot. Although the accident remains under investigation, no further information was provided as to why the driver of the first vehicle may have failed to yield the right of way.

Those who suffer severe injuries in motor vehicle accidents may encounter a variety of hardships in life, physical and financial alike. Following the crash, a person in California could choose to consult with an attorney for guidance on his or her available legal avenues. An attorney can examine the incident, along with a client’s injuries and financial needs, and assist him or her in pursuing the compensation entitled through a personal injury claim.