Highway Crash Near Broadway Off-Ramp Leaves Burning Vehicle in Roadway
A hit-and-run collision involving a dump truck occurred in Sacramento recently along State Route 99. The accident happened shortly before 7:00 a.m. on the northbound side of S.R. 99 just south of the Broadway off-ramp. The police report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated the collision left a damaged Lexus in the middle of the roadway where it caught on fire, blocking the number two and three lanes.
Witness Identifies Fleeing Vehicle Following Hit-and-Run
A witness to the accident involving the fleeing driver said they saw a white dump truck that was possibly involved and left the scene. The witness reported being unable to read the truck’s license plate number. However, the truck continued along northbound S.R. 99. It is unknown if any injuries occurred as a result of the hit-and-run collision.
Injury Accidents Involving a Hit-and-Run
Hit-and-run drivers are more common these days since some motorists do not want to take responsibility for their actions, have outstanding tickets, are driving on a suspended license or other reasons. My law office has a good track record of hunting down those negligent drivers. When they are found, they can be held responsible for accident injuries either through their insurance company or by filing a claim in civil court.
Investigation of a Hit-and-Run
Our investigative team goes to the accident site to gather the evidence needed to locate a fleeing driver. Some of the actions they perform to locate that driver include:
- The investigators go directly to the scene of the hit-and-run to look for clues as to the make and model of the vehicle, including dropped metal parts, tire tracks and paint scrapes or smears. By finding these, they can determine what make and model the vehicle was since these things tend to be specific to each manufacturer.
- They perform accident reconstruction, which can indicate exactly how the collision occurred and where the damage on the vehicles is. This type of evidence can point toward which driver was at fault and is widely accepted in civil court and by insurance companies.
- Statements are taken from the witnesses, who may be able to identify the vehicle or markings to help locate it, describe the driver and provide other evidence. A witness might have also captured the accident on their cell phone.
- Local traffic surveillance cameras are checked to see if the accident was captured on film. Those records can be subpoenaed to help identify the vehicle.
What Happens If the Fleeing Driver Isn’t Found?
If the hit-and-run driver cannot be located, the injured party has the option to use their uninsured/underinsured insurance policy to cover the cost of their injuries. All Californians are offered this add-on policy when they first opt to take out auto insurance. If the injured person doesn’t have this add-on insurance but another member of the household does, that can be used instead. It does not affect the rates in the future.
Truck Accident Lawyers in Sacramento
I am Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento truck accident lawyer. A collision with a truck can cause devastating injuries due to its much larger size compared with a passenger vehicle. If a negligent driver was responsible for your injuries, you may want to find out about placing a claim for compensation. Call us at (916) 921-6400 if you want our free and friendly advice. We can also be reached at (800) 404-5400 or by messaging us online.
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