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Sacramento Driver Fled the Scene of Injury Accident

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June 03, 2024
Edward Smith

Injury Accident Reported on Church Street Where a Sacramento Driver Fled the Scene

On June 2, a Sacramento driver fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident resulting in injuries in Modesto. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Church Street and Northland Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) accident report. The suspect vehicle was identified as a red and black Jeep Cherokee. 

Sacramento Driver Fled the Scene and Vehicle Spotted on Garst Road

The fleeing vehicle was last seen going eastbound on Garst Road. CHP traffic detectives are investigating the accident, determining how it happened and seeking the hit-and-run driver.

How We Locate a Hit-and-Run Driver

When a Sacramento driver fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident, they can be held accountable for the injuries they caused if they are located. The penalties for hit-and-run incidents may include jail time, fines, suspension of the driver’s license, and misdemeanor or felony charges, particularly in cases involving injuries or fatalities. Key evidence used to identify and convict a motorist who leaves the scene includes:

  • Metal parts or paint traces that connect the vehicle to the accident
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Police reports
  • Video footage from surveillance cameras
  • Tire skid marks matching the vehicle
  • Statements from first responders
  • Testimony from expert witnesses

How an Injury Lawyer Helps You Recover Compensation

When a Sacramento driver fled the scene of an accident, an injury lawyer can undertake their own investigation to find the motorist. This investigation may involve reviewing surveillance videos, reconstructing the accident, interviewing witnesses, etc. Our law office’s experience and resources have led to successful outcomes in various cases by compiling critical evidence in hit-and-run accidents.

Once the driver has been positively identified, our lawyers can hold them accountable for the injuries sustained. We leverage the collected evidence to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company for a favorable settlement. Should the insurance company fail to negotiate or deny the claim, our lawyers will take the case to civil court to resolve it.

Insurance Coverage if the Driver Is Not Located

If someone is injured in a traffic accident where the driver cannot be found, they may use their uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. While not legally required, many Californians opt for this additional policy as a precautionary measure. This coverage acts as a safety net, providing protection when the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured or cannot be located.

The injured party can file a claim under this coverage to recover expenses related to their injuries, medical bills, and other associated costs. If the injured individual does not possess such a policy, compensation is still possible if a family member in the same household has an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. In such cases, the coverage extends to protect the injured party, helping mitigate the financial burden brought about by the accident.

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Auto Collision Attorney in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, an auto collision attorney based in Sacramento. You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been injured due to a negligent driver. Our team of accident attorneys provides free and friendly advice when you call us at (916) 921-6400 locally or (800) 404-5400 toll-free for long-distance callers. You can also reach us online. Our injury attorneys will review your case at no charge, answer your questions, and inform you of your options for compensation.

We are dedicated to securing maximum compensation for our clients and are proud members of the Top One Percent and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Visit our Settlements and Verdicts page to see examples of how our car accident injury lawyers have helped clients obtain compensation. You can also read reviews from our clients on Google and Yelp.

Photo attribution: Image by Vladyslav Topyekha from Pixabay

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