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Injuries Reported in Woodland Hit-and-Run 

State Route 113 Hit-and-Run Involves Fleeing Driver

A hit-and-run with injuries occurred in Woodland on October 7. The accident happened around 6:06 a.m. on northbound State Route 113 just north of the I-5 connector. The incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that a Volkswagen Jetta and Dodge Pickup were found at the right-hand side of the road that had been struck by a fleeing vehicle. No details were provided about injuries in the crash. The incident is being investigated by the CHP and Woodland police to determine what happened and to locate the hit-and-run driver.

Hit-and-Run Drivers: Why Do They Do It?

Accidents that involve fleeing drivers can occur for a variety of reasons. There are several common reasons for this:

  • The vehicle registration is out of date.
  • A driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs doesn’t want to be placed under arrest for driving under the influence.
  • They are afraid of disciplinary action since they do not have a valid driver’s license.
  • A warrant has been issued against the driver for another offense.
  • The driver flees after going into a state of panic.

Identifying a Hit-and-Run Driver

The diligent investigations conducted by our firm and skilled accident attorneys have helped us locate a number of fleeing drivers over the years. Bystanders who witnessed the pedestrian accident are often asked about the hit-and-run driver and the vehicle to help us narrow down the search. Due to the prevalence of cell phones nowadays, some people may have even recorded the accident or recognized the driver as it unfolded.

A part of the license plate number, a color, a make and a description of the driver are all factors that can help us solve this puzzle. As part of our efforts to locate the fleeing driver, we also check surveillance cameras in the area, perform accident reconstructions and use other techniques.

Insurance Can Cover Your Accident Injuries

However, some clients are concerned that they won’t receive compensation if the fleeing driver is not apprehended. The fleeing drivers may also lack adequate insurance to cover damages or even no insurance at all. When the driver is not found, our accident attorneys can help our clients use their uninsured/underinsured auto coverage to pay for their injuries. 

Using an Underinsured or Uninsured Driver Policy

California offers the option of adding an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy to your vehicle insurance. There are many California drivers without proper insurance or with only minimal coverage, so this type of policy is a good idea. This add-on will cover all injuries suffered by you and your family up to the policy limit, whether you are in a car accident or injured as a bicyclist or pedestrian. 

Many people also carry an umbrella policy in addition that covers the difference between the minimum coverage and pays for additional medical costs that aren’t covered. If the injured party does not carry uninsured/underinsured but another member of the family does, that can be used instead. It does not affect the policy rates in the future.

Personal Injury Attorney in Woodland, CA

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland personal injury attorney. When you suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages. Get in touch with our injury attorneys today by calling (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice. Alternatively, you can reach us by phone at (800) 404-5400 or by sending us an online message. 

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