Injuries in Accident on Mother Load Drive Involves Hit-and-Run Driver
A hit-and-run resulting in injuries was reported in Placerville on January 6 following a two-vehicle crash. The accident, according to the incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), happened around 2:50 p.m. along Mother Load Drive between a Volkswagen bug and a pickup pulling a trailer. The Volkswagen was found parked along the right-hand side of the road when officers arrived.
Accident Involving Hit-and-Run Driver Being Investigated
The suspect vehicle being sought by authorities is a red Ford pickup truck hauling a trailer. The investigation into the accident is ongoing. No additional information was provided about the party who was injured in the hit-and-run crash.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Fleeing drivers have become common around the country as some motorists try to avoid their responsibilities. However, by running from the scene of an accident, those drivers can face serious penalties, including fines and jail time. Some of the reasons a driver flees include:
- The driver is unlicensed or driving on an expired license.
- The motorist has no auto insurance.
- The driver is intoxicated or carrying illicit items in the vehicle.
- The car was stolen.
- The driver simply panics and flees. In these cases, the driver often contacts authorities after thinking about the repercussions of being involved in a hit-and-run.
Finding a Hit-and-Run Driver
When someone is injured by a hit-and-run driver, it is important to locate that person so they can be held responsible for their actions. My law office, over the years, has successfully located a number of these fleeing drivers because we are determined to do so. It’s difficult enough to face accident injuries. The injured person should not be expected to pay for their medical bills and lost wages and deserves to be compensated for their pain and suffering. Some of the ways we locate a fleeing driver and collect the evidence needed to support an injury claim include:
- Our investigators go to the scene of the accident to gather evidence, both to locate the hit-and-run driver and to support our client’s claim for compensation.
- They perform accident reconstruction, which shows how the collision occurred and frequently points toward which driver was at fault.
- The report filed by the responding police is examined to see if any errors are present because mistakes can affect the client’s compensation claim.
- Surveillance cameras in the area are checked to see if the hit-and-run was filmed as it happened. This can help identify the vehicle and driver.
- Any witnesses to the accident are interviewed. In some cases, a witness videotaped the collision as it happened on their cell phone. In other cases, a witness can identify the vehicle or describe the driver.
Using Your Insurance Policy to Cover Your Expenses
Many California drivers carry insurance to cover damages caused by those who are uninsured/underinsured. If the driver is located and doesn’t have the means to pay for your accident injuries, you can use this policy to cover your expenses. If you don’t have the policy, but another family member does, you can use that instead. Using this add-on policy does not affect the rates in the future.
Placerville Personal Injury Attorney
My name is Ed Smith. I am a Placerville personal injury attorney. When negligence plays a part in your accident injuries, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation. Contact us for free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. You can reach us online also. We can schedule a virtual, free, no-obligation consultation to review your case, tell you what options are available to recover damages and answer your questions.
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