Sacramento Driver Left the Scene of Injury Accident

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February 27, 2024
Edward Smith

Injuries Reported in Crash Where Sacramento Driver Left the Scene

A Sacramento driver left the scene of an injury accident on February 20. The accident happened on the I-80 highway around Antelope Road and Lichen Drive. However, the vehicles that were involved in the hit-and-run were found by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers at Elkhorn Boulevard and Diablo Drive in a fast-food restaurant parking lot. 

Sacramento Drive Left the Scene of Accident Involving Mercedes and Pickup

The accident involved a Mercedes and a truck. Sacramento Fire Department responders arrived at the scene to determine the extent of the injuries. No additional information was provided. The CHP traffic detectives are investigating to find the fleeing driver and determine fault. 

Convicting a Hit-and-Run Driver in California

If a driver leaves the scene of a hit-and-run accident, they bear responsibility for the accident if they are found. Penalties for a hit-and-run include jail time, a fine, suspension of the driver’s license, and misdemeanor or felony charges if injuries or fatalities occurred. Evidence commonly used to convict a motorist if the Sacramento driver left the scene includes:

  • Evidence of metal parts or paint that link the accident to the vehicle
  • Witness statements
  • The police report
  • Video footage from surveillance cameras
  • Tire skid marks matching the vehicle
  • Statements by first responders
  • Expert witness

How an Injury Lawyer Helps You Recover Compensation

An injury lawyer can conduct their own investigation to try and locate the motorist when the Sacramento driver left the accident scene. Investigation can include checking surveillance videos, performing accident reconstruction, interviewing witnesses, etc. Because our law office has the experience and resources to do so, we have successfully gathered evidence associated with fleeing driver accidents in several cases. 

When a positive identification has been made of the driver, our lawyers can hold them responsible for the injuries. We can use the gathered evidence to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to reach a successful outcome. If there are problems with the insurance company and it refuses to negotiate or denies the claim, the lawyer takes the case to civil court to reach a positive resolution. 

Recovering Compensation When the Driver Hasn’t Been Located

If someone suffers injuries in a traffic accident and the driver cannot be found, they can use their uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to get compensation. Although not required, many Californians have taken this additional policy as a safety net. If the injured party does not carry the uninsured/underinsured policy and a family member has one, that can be used to cover injuries. 

A video by accident lawyer Ed Smith will give you helpful information about choosing an attorney:

Sacramento Auto Accident Attorney 

I’m Ed Smith, an auto accident attorney in Sacramento. When a negligent driver caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation. Our accident attorneys offer free and friendly advice when you call us at (916) 921-6400 locally. If you are calling from long-distance, (800) 404-5400 is our toll-free line, or you can connect with us online. Our injury attorneys will review your case at no charge, answer your questions, and let you know the options available to recover compensation.

In our commitment to achieving maximum compensation for our clients, we are members of both the Top One Percent and Million Dollar Advocates. Check out our Settlements and Verdicts page to see some examples of how our car accident injury lawyers were able to help injured people obtain compensation. Google and Yelp reviews from our clients are also available.

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