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Sacramento Hit-and-Run Occurs at Bus Stop

Vehicle Jumps Curb at Cottage Way Intersection

A hit-and-run crash involving injuries occurred in Sacramento on August 6 when a vehicle jumped a curb. The accident happened at the intersection of Cottage Way and Morse Avenue in the Arden-Arcade area around 6:42 pm. Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a vehicle jumped a curb at the intersection and struck at least one person sitting at a bus stop, causing injuries. The CHP is carrying out an investigation to determine what happened and are seeking the hit-and-run driver.

Curb Jumping as a Cause of an Accident

Although most pedestrian accidents occur at intersections or on the street, sometimes they happen if a vehicle goes out of control and jumps a curb. There are a number of reasons this type of accident can occur, including the following:

  • Negligence by the motorist can lead to this type of accident. In most cases, the driver is speeding, distracted by texting or some other type of error. When the cause of the accident has been determined and driver negligence found, the injured pedestrian may place a compensation claim.
  • A defect in the vehicle caused the collision. A defect in the braking system, accelerator, steering or others can cause a car to jump a curb and injure pedestrians. A claim may be placed against the manufacturer in these cases. However, retaining the vehicle and having it examined for defects is necessary to prove the case.
  • Roadway damage can lead to this type of accident. A pothole, debris in the road and other problems can cause a car to jump a curb. When this is found to have caused the accident, the government entity can be held responsible. Because the time limit for filing is only six months, using an accident attorney to handle your case can be prudent.

How Can an Injury Lawyer Help Me?

When you’ve been injured by a hit-and-run driver, an accident attorney can investigate the incident to try and locate that person, so they can be held responsible for their actions. Our law office has located fleeing drivers by doing so. Among the areas where we investigate to gather evidence are:

  • We send our investigators to the site of the accident involving the fleeing driver as quickly as possible to gather the evidence before it disappears or is covered over.
  • The investigators photograph the scene of the accident and look for smears of paint, dropped metal and other items that can indicate the make and model of the vehicle that fled. 
  • Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run is interviewed. Witnesses can often describe the fleeing vehicle and sometimes the driver or portion of the license plate number. In some instances, a witness captures the accident as it happened on their cell phone, which not only helps in the investigation but provides visual evidence of how the crash occurred.
  • Accident reconstruction is undertaken by the investigators to show how the collision involving the driver occurred and which indicates fault.

Insurance Can Pay Damages in an Injury Hit-and-Run

Many Californians carry an uninsured/underinsured policy to provide extra coverage in the event of an accident. If the crash was a hit-and-run and the driver was not found, it will still provide that coverage. A family member’s uninsured policy can also be used if the injured party doesn’t have this. The rates remain unaffected.

Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento personal injury attorney. Give us a call at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5444 for free and friendly advice on whether you can file a personal injury claim. You may be able to recover your medical expenses, lost wages and compensation for your pain and suffering. We can also be contacted online.

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