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Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Oakhurst

A family from Oakhurst is still searching for answers after a fatal hit-and-run accident claimed the life of their loved one in early July. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the incident occurred on the late night of July 7th, 2021, in the area of Elliott Drive and Road 427.

Details on the Hit-and-Run Accident Fatality in Oakhurst

According to CHP traffic officers, a 20-year-old Oakhurst man was riding his skateboard when, for unknown reasons, he was struck by behind by an unidentified vehicle. Friends who were also riding their skateboards with the Oakhurst man reported that the vehicle fled the scene immediately following the traffic collision. Unfortunately, they were unable to identify the suspect vehicle and their beloved friend succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Oakhurst man’s godfather has started a GoFundMe page to raise a reward in the value of $10,000 for any person who has information on the suspect driver and their vehicle that will lead to their arrest. As for the investigation by CHP traffic officers, it remains ongoing, and they have no information on the suspect vehicle to continue with their efforts. Authorities have indicated that they have contacted the CHP Fresno area office for assistance from their investigators.

Is There Recourse in a Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident Case?

When a loved one was struck by a driver who left the scene and suffered fatal injuries as a result, surviving family members may have questions on how end-of-life medical bills, funeral expenses, and other losses will be covered. Fortunately, there may be recourse in such a situation. If the other party cannot be located, survivors may have a claim for uninsured motorist (UM) protection under their insurance policy. This is a viable option for financial recovery so long as their loved one was a member of their household and not listed as an excluded member.

While this is a first-party insurance claim, that does not necessarily mean that the insurer will be fair when it comes to compensating the family for their devastating loss. Therefore, such claims should best be left to an experienced attorney to handle. Some of the top reasons to retain legal counsel are that an independent investigation of the accident may be conducted on your behalf to ensure that fault is properly determined for the incident. Conversely, an accident attorney also has the resources to work with a private investigator to track down the suspect driver. It is best to depend on the guidance and advice of an attorney on how to move forward after such a situation. For details on how to find the best wrongful death attorney in your area to handle your case, watch this video.

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After a tragic accident that has resulted in a loss of a loved one, you and your family can turn to our legal team for assistance. We can serve as your advocate, protect your rights, and guide you throughout the claims process. Our attorneys will work to build a strong case for fair compensation and justice on your behalf while you and your family focus on recovering from your loss.

While no amount of money can undo the pain or reduce the grief of losing a family member, it may help in easing some of the stress and financial hardship brought about by the fatal car accident. Unlike the insurance company, our legal team will have your best interests at heart every step of the way.

Wrongful Death Attorney in Madera

I’m Ed Smith, a Madera wrongful death attorney. Fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle collision is a crime. However, drivers continue to do so, and far too many hit-and-run accidents occur. This may leave injured parties and families of decedents at a loss when it comes to seeking financial recovery for losses incurred. The best option in such situations is to reach out to an experienced accident attorney, such as ours, at our law firm. We have handled personal injury and wrongful death cases since 1982, and we can help your family too. Contact us today to learn more about your rights and options moving forward at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400. A member of our team is available anytime to meet with you and your family to provide free, friendly case advice.

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