A Hit-and-Run Driver Causes Elkhorn Boulevard Accident
A hit-and-run with reported injuries occurred in North Highlands on February 2 at an intersection. The collision happened between a Hyundai Santa Fe and another unknown vehicle around 5:30 p.m. along eastbound Elkhorn Boulevard at Watt Avenue. According to the incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Hyundai ended up along the right-hand side.
A tow truck was called to come for the Hyundai. No information was provided on injuries. The accident is under investigation by the CHP on how the hit-and-run occurred and to locate the fleeing driver.
Fleeing drivers are a big problem in Sacramento as elsewhere. Drivers risk running from an accident in an attempt to avoid liability. This may include:
- Unpaid tickets are owed by the driver.
- The driver is wanted for a crime.
- The driver has no insurance or is uninsured.
- The vehicle is stolen, or the driver has drugs or weapons inside.
- The driver is undocumented and afraid of getting in trouble.
- The driver does not want to held responsible for their action.
How a Hit-and-Run Driver Is Located
Although police investigate to locate a hit-and-run driver, they have a high number of cases to follow and don’t always have the resources available to an injury attorney. My office has a high success record in locating hit-and-run drivers because we work hard to find them, so our clients can obtain compensation. We do not believe that anyone who has been injured through another’s reckless actions should have to pay for their own injuries. Some of the ways we try to locate a fleeing driver include:
- Our investigators head to the accident site to gather evidence, including searching for pieces of metal lost from the fleeing vehicle and paint streaks. This can help determine what make and model of vehicle the driver was in.
- Accident reconstruction is performed.
- Witnesses to the accident are interviewed. In some cases, a witness may be able to describe the hit-and-run vehicle, driver and even part of the license plate number. This can be of enormous help in locating the driver.
- The police report is checked over for inaccuracies.
- Business and traffic surveillance cameras are checked to see if any of them captured the accident on video. Videotapes can be subpoenaed to help identify the vehicle.
Once the hit-and-run driver has been located, they can be held financially responsible for any injuries that occurred in the accident. Our lawyers can either negotiate with the insurance company or take the case to civil court if necessary. In this way, the injured client can obtain the compensation that they deserve to cover their medical bills, time lost at work and their pain and suffering.
If the Driver Isn’t Found
In some cases, the fleeing driver cannot be located. However, in these instances, if the injured party has uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage, that policy will cover their losses. Because many drivers in California have no auto insurance, a lot of motorists opt for this add-on policy.
It not only covers those in a motor vehicle who are injured but covers pedestrian and bicycle accidents as well as others. If the injured party does not have an uninsured/underinsured rider to their auto insurance and another member of the household does, they can use that to cover their expenses. The cost of the policy premium remains unaffected.
North Highlands Car Accident Lawyer
My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a North Highlands car accident lawyer. When a traffic accident has caused your injuries, reach out to me for my free, friendly advice when you phone me at (916) 921-6400 or through the toll-free line at (800) 404-5400. You can also get in touch with me by sending a message online.
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