Collision at Stockton Boulevard Leaves Bicyclist Injured
A bicycle accident involving a hit-and-run driver was reported in Sacramento on August 22. The incident occurred at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and Florin Road at about 6:43 a.m. First responders with the Sacramento Fire Department were called to the scene when it was discovered the bicyclist was injured.
Authorities Seeking Hit-and-Run Driver Who Caused Bicycle Accident
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) advised it was a hit-and-run resulting in injuries, and the driver was no longer at the scene. Officers with the CHP are investigating the accident and seeking the driver that fled. No information was released on the condition of the injured bicyclist.
A Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
In the event of a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to obtain compensation through the at-fault party’s insurance company or sue for damages in civil court. This type of case has been successfully handled by our law office many times. In addition, it has been proven that those who enlist the help of an accident attorney usually obtain two to three times the amount they would if they handled the claim themselves.
Any questions you may have regarding auto vs. bicycle collisions or to evaluate your case and discuss compensation options can be answered by our accident lawyers when you place a call to our office. As always, our first consultation is free and carries no obligation on your part. Additionally, we take cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you don’t pay until the we win.
The Search for Hit-and-Run Drivers
Many drivers who flee the scene after an accident can be located, even though collisions involving hit-and-run motorists have become more common in recent years. A number of these drivers have been identified and held responsible for their negligent behavior by our firm.
A lawsuit for compensation can be filed by the injured party if the driver is located and either has insurance or the financial means to cover the injured party’s losses. Among the types of compensation available are medical costs and lost wages. To identify the fleeing vehicle and driver, our investigative team takes the following steps:
- It is the investigators’ responsibility to check the police report for errors and gather as much information as they can about the person responsible for the hit-and-run.
- To identify the make and model of a vehicle, they photograph the scene and compare paint from the vehicle and metal pieces.
- Accident reconstruction is performed, which can show who was at fault.
- Traffic and business cameras are checked by the investigators.
- To determine if anyone filmed the accident and to take possible descriptions of the vehicle, driver and license plate number, witnesses are interviewed.
If the Driver Isn’t Located, What Happens?
Uninsured/underinsured automobile coverage can also cover the losses of injured parties if the negligent motorist isn’t found. Those living in California can purchase this add-on when purchasing auto insurance. In addition to auto accidents, it also covers injuries sustained by motorcyclists and pedestrians. In the case where the injured party lacks this coverage, the cost can be covered by a household member who does. There is no change in the rates.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Sacramento
I am Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Even if a hit-and-run driver who caused your injuries isn’t located, there are still ways in which you can recover compensation to pay your medical bills. You are welcome to contact us at (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly advice from one of our accident attorneys. You can also reach us either at (800) 404-5400 or online.
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