Accident on 29th Street Caused by Hit-and-Run Driver
A hit-and-run accident in midtown Sacramento killed a female pedestrian on November 1. Sacramento Police Department officers were called to the scene of the fatal accident at about 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of 29th and J streets where they found a severely injured woman lying in the road. Unfortunately, the woman did not survive her injuries and was declared dead at the accident scene.
Witness Reportedly Tells Driver to Stay at the Scene
According to one news report, the pedestrian was already lying down in the roadway when the car struck her. The witness reported that people instructed the driver to remain at the scene, however, the motorist fled. The name of the deceased woman has not yet been released pending notification of the family.
Authorities Looking for Anyone With Information About the Hit-and-Run
J Street in the area was shut down overnight while an investigation into the hit-and-run was conducted. Anyone who might have information about the fatal accident is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 808-5471 or Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP.
Hit-and-run accident fatalities are among the most devastating for families because the driver is unknown and can’t be held responsible for their actions. However, in my law office, we have a good record of locating these fleeing drivers to hold them accountable. The way we do this is by conducting a thorough investigation of the collision to locate the vehicle and driver, including:
- Investigators with our firm go to the site of the hit-and-run to gather evidence that proves fault and supports the client’s claim.
- Accident reconstruction is performed because it shows how the hit-and-run occurred and can place fault.
- The area and vehicles are scoured to look for evidence that can identify the vehicle, such as paint marks and pieces of metal that fell. Because manufacturers use specific paints from year to year, it can be helpful in identifying the make and model of the vehicle.
- The accident report filed by the police who investigated the hit-and-run is examined for accuracy and details that might help locate the vehicle and driver.
- Area traffic cameras are checked to see if any of them captured the accident on tape.
Another Way to Collect Compensation Following an Accident
If the driver cannot be located, the injured pedestrian has the option of using their uninsured/underinsured insurance policy to pay for their injuries. All Californians are offered this add-on policy when they elect to purchase auto insurance. Because of the high number of drivers who are either without insurance or are underinsured, many Californians carry this add-on.
Uninsured/underinsured accident coverage doesn’t only cover motorists and their passengers. It also covers the individual with the policy if they are injured as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle or motorcycle. If the injured party does not have this insurance but another family member does, that can be used instead. The rates the policyholder pays for this insurance do not increase if you use it.
Wrongful Death Attorneys in Sacramento
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. When the death of a loved one was caused by another person or entity’s negligence, we can offer you free and friendly advice on whether you can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages. We can be reached at (916) 921-6400. You can also call us at (800) 404-5400 or contact us online.
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