Witness Records Sacramento Hit and Run
Sacramento hit and run – A three-vehicle collision ended in reported injuries, while one of the drivers fled the scene in a Sacramento hit and run on September 9, 2018. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that tow trucks and paramedics were needed at the site of the accident to remove vehicles and tend to injuries. It is unknown at this time whether authorities caught up with the hit and run driver. The extent of injuries to those who were involved has not been released as of the time of this report.
Details of the Sacramento Hit and Run Accident
According to the report by the CHP, the accident happened along Madison Avenue eastbound, just west of Manzanita Avenue in North Sacramento shortly before 10:00 in the morning. This is when a Dodge Durango, Toyota, and an unidentified 4-door sedan collided. One ended up over the curb and onto an embankment, while the other blocked lanes of traffic. One reporting party stated that he had the traffic accident on video, which should be helpful to authorities in sorting out how the collision happened. The third vehicle that hit and ran was reported as heading south along Hackberry Lane.
What to Do Following a Hit and Run
Having the most information possible following a hit and run collision can help make the difference between finding the offender and not. Police and your lawyer rely on this information to catch that person. Following are suggestions on what you can do to help:
- Write down anything you can see on the license plate. Even incomplete numbers can be helpful.
- Color, make, and model of the vehicle are helpful in finding the driver. If you see any custom details such as special rims, this can be useful.
- Look for any damage from the collision, and note the location and whether any paint from your vehicle is there.
- Look to see if the car has stickers in the back window or anything on the rear ledge that might help to identify it.
- Speak with any witnesses to the accident. They may have had a different view of the vehicle and be able to add important details.
- If you caught a glimpse of the Sacramento hit and run driver, note whether it was a male or female, the color of their clothing and any distinguishing features or characteristics.
Why Drivers Hit and Run
According to the American Automobile Association, in all types of accidents, one out of every ten drivers flee the scene. Hit and run drivers are responsible for about 1,500 traffic accident fatalities each year, and the main reason they run is that they do not want to face the responsibility for their actions. The following behaviors may contribute to a hit and run:
- Drunk driving: Drunk driving is a major cause of all types of car accidents. Since penalties may be heavy, especially if it is not the first offense, the driver may flee.
- Drugged driving: Drugged drivers face the same penalties as drunk drivers. This might induce the driver to run from the accident scene.
- Fatigue: A driver who is drowsy or falls asleep behind the wheel of a car can crash into another vehicle. Rather than being found at fault for the collision, he or she may keep driving instead of stopping.
- Unlicensed driver: An unlicensed driver can face hefty penalties when involved in a collision. Rather than risk those penalties, they may decide to leave.
- The driver has no insurance: Uninsured drivers face a fine if they are caught without insurance. Fear of paying a fine and being forced to obtain insurance may spur a hit and run driver to flee the accident site.
- The driver has an outstanding warrant or tickets: This can result in the driver being jailed.
- Road rage: Drivers with road rage may intentionally ram another vehicle and then leave the scene.
- Aggressive driving: Aggressive drivers tailgate other vehicles or make maneuvers that are dangerous. If this causes a collision, they might flee the accident scene.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyers
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, I am here to offer you free and friendly advice. Please call me at (916) 921-6400 or at my toll-free line at (800) 404-5400.
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