A 9-year-old boy’s visit to San Francisco should have been a fun adventure, with a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf, perhaps, and family snapshots taken in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead, it ended tragically, with the boy becoming critically injured as the result of a car accident involving a hit-and-run -driver.

The car accident that left the boy seriously hurt occurred as he and his family members were walking in a crosswalk by AT&T Park immediately following a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. The family was visiting San Francisco from Philadelphia.

The man who tried to flee the scene, a 21-year-old Hayward, California, resident, was arrested about an hour after the accident. He has been charged with two counts of drunken driving causing injury and one count of felony hit-and-run.

The boy suffered a traumatic brain injury, a lacerated liver and fractures to his pelvis, leg and ankle. He is still in San Francisco General Hospital, where his condition was recently upgraded from serious to critical condition.

In instances like this where a person is hurt by another driver through no fault of his or her own, many accident victims choose to work with attorneys in an attempt to recover for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced attorney who has worked with people in similar situations before will be able to explain in greater detail about how such a claim would work.

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle, “Boy injured in SF hit-and-run showing improvement,” Aug. 9, 2011.