Modesto Man Injured in DUI Accident
A Modesto man was injured in a DUI accident during the early morning hours of March 31, 2019. The incident occurred shortly before 2:00 a.m. at the intersection of Orangeburg Avenue and Oakdale Road. A Newark man was driving a white 1995 Lexus west along Orangeburg Avenue, approaching the intersection. The Lexus driver reportedly ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a 2015 Infiniti QX60. The impact of the collision caused the Infiniti to overturn and pinned the driver inside. The Infiniti driver, identified as a 50-year-old Modesto man, was extricated by emergency personnel and transported to the hospital for treatment. An update regarding his condition has not yet been released by officials.
The Modesto Police Department said a witness informed authorities that the Lexus driver allegedly walked away from the scene following the collision. The motorist was found walking more than a half mile away from the crash near the 800 block of Oakdale Road. He was later arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest, and hit and run.
Common Reasons for Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents often occur for a wide array of reasons. These include drivers who do not have auto insurance or who are driving on an expired or suspended driver license. Those who are driving while under the influence or operating an unregistered vehicle are also likely to flee the scene of an accident.
Recovering Damages in a Hit and Run Accident
Many assume that there may be no way to recover damages when a driver responsible for a crash leaves the scene. However, that is not always true in all cases. Those injured in an accident caused by a driver who has no insurance, insufficient coverage, or flees the scene may be able to collect compensation through their own car insurance. This is only possible if uninsured/underinsured motorist protection is available. This type of coverage helps pay for medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering. To learn what your options are in an auto accident with an uninsured driver, watch the below video.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Being involved in a severe crash caused by a drunk driver can be overwhelming. However, you do not have to face this experience alone. An experienced Modesto personal injury attorney can offer you their assistance by reviewing traffic collision reports, gathering evidence, and communicating effectively with insurance companies. This way, your attorney can build a strong case for financial compensation while you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Modesto Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. Injuries in a car wreck can range from minor to life-threatening. In many cases, they are caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another driver. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an accident caused by a drunk driver, please give me a call anytime at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my free, friendly case advice.
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