Two-Vehicle Accident on S.R. 99 Resulted in Injuries
A hit-and-run accident with injuries was reported near Elk Grove on April 5 following a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle. The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. along northbound State Route 99 just north of Dillard Road in the Wilton area, according to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) representative. Both vehicles ended up along the right-hand side of the road, and traffic was not obstructed.
Two People Transported to Hospital Following Hit-and-Run
Sacramento Fire Department first responders arrived at the scene to assess injuries after a female reported a head injury. Two patients were transported to a nearby hospital for additional treatment and evaluation. According to a report by someone who saw the hit-and-run accident, the individual on the motorcycle may have been responsible for the collision, and they took off along northbound 99. The CHP is investigating to determine what happened and to locate the rider.
Why a Driver Flees the Scene
Accidents where one of the drivers flees the scene are more common these days and occur for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps the driver has no insurance or license to operate a motor vehicle. Maybe they have outstanding tickets or warrants. For whatever reason, a hit-and-run driver thinks they won’t be caught, but they often are and end up facing much more serious consequences, including possible felony charges.
Locating a Hit-and-Run Driver
Although police do a good job in locating a fleeing driver, an injury lawyer with resources can also. At my law firm, we’ve successfully located many hit-and-run drivers by examining the accident scene and gathering the evidence needed to locate them. This includes:
- Our investigators scour the accident scene to look for evidence to support our client’s claim and locate the hit-and-run driver. This includes seeking dropped pieces of metal and paint smears or chips, which can help identify what make and model the vehicle is.
- They search for area surveillance cameras, which may have caught the accident on film.
- The police report is reviewed to ensure its accuracy and whether any information about the driver is included.
- The investigators perform accident reconstruction, which details the positioning of the vehicles and often points toward which driver was at fault.
Our investigations and techniques for locating a fleeing driver often result in a positive outcome. However, if the driver cannot be located, the injured party has another option to consider that will cover the cost of their medical bills and other losses.
Insurance Coverage Can Be Used to Pay for Accident Injuries
When California drivers elect to purchase auto insurance, they are also offered an add-on policy that covers uninsured/underinsured drivers. Many elect to take this add-on policy because California has numerous drivers who either have no insurance or are underinsured. The injured party can use this policy to cover the cost of their medical bills and other costs whether they are in a vehicle accident or are injured as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle.
In the event the injured party does not have this add-on policy but another household member does, they can use their insurance to cover the cost of their injuries. Using the uninsured/underinsured policy does not affect the rates.
Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith, an Elk Grove personal injury lawyer. You can get my free and friendly advice about your accident injury when you call me at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. An online message form is available to contact me also.
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