Driver Flees Injury Accident on State Route 160
A hit-and-run near Isleton with reported injuries occurred on May 8. The collision happened along southbound State Route 160 about a mile just north of SR 12 around 8:25 p.m. Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) discovered a sedan pulled to the right-hand side. The reporting person said they were trying to turn onto a side street when a Chevy was trying to pass going in the wrong direction.
Hit-and-Run Being Investigated
The reporting person said the suspect’s vehicle then struck their car in the front and left the scene. Upon the arrival of paramedics, an injury was determined to have occurred in the accident. The CHP is working toward locating the hit-and-run driver and continuing the investigation into the crash.
Fleeing an Accident Scene
Committing a hit-and-run that results in injuries is a serious offense in California. When the fleeing driver has been located, they can either face misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the extent of injury to the individual/individuals in the other vehicle. Although police make a strong effort to locate a fleeing driver to hold them responsible for their actions, having a lawyer also working toward locating them increases the odds of finding that negligent person.
Investigating a Hit-and-Run Injury Collision
Our law office investigators have been able to identify a number of hit-and-run drivers over the years. We believe that you face enough challenges in recovering from your accident injuries. You shouldn’t also be expected to cover the financial cost of your losses. Areas that are examined to collect evidence that helps identify the vehicle and driver include:
- Our investigators get a copy of the police report to examine for clues as to the identity of the hit-and-run driver and to ensure its accuracy. Mistakes in a police report can prevent a client from filing a claim to recover compensation.
- The investigators perform accident reconstruction, which shows the positioning of the vehicles and how the collision occurred.
- Any witnesses to the hit-and-run are interviewed. Many times, a witness can identify what type of vehicle was involved. Others may have even recognized the driver. Hit-and-run drivers often live near the area where the accident happened. Sometimes, a witness even taped the accident on their smartphone as it happened.
- Surveillance cameras posted by the city or at nearby businesses and homes can provide valuable evidence in spotting a hit-and-run accident. We can subpoena those tapes if they are found to contain evidence that shows footage of the vehicle and fault in the collision.
If the driver is located, they can be held financially liable for a client’s injuries. Using this information, we can present a convincing case in support of our client’s claim for compensation.
Insurance Coverage That Can Recover Your Damages
In the event the hit-and-run driver cannot be located, the injured party can use their uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage to cover their medical costs and lost wages. This type of add-on policy is offered to all Californians when they purchase auto insurance. If the injured person doesn’t have this policy and a family member does, that can be used to cover the damages. The policy rates will not change because of it.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith. I am a Sacramento car accident lawyer. When you’ve been injured in an accident that a negligent driver caused, you are welcome to contact us to find out if you can file a compensation claim. For free and friendly advice, call us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. An online form to contact us is available also. By setting up a free consultation either in person or virtually, we can review your case and let you know what options are open for you to recover compensation.
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