Collisions involving motor vehicles are typically the result of reckless behavior on the part of one of the drivers involved. Speeding, running red lights, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are all common factors. Injuries suffered in these crashes can be severe, leaving the victim to face a mountain of medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. The at-fault driver can be held liable in a claim. Unfortunately, holding them accountable can prove challenging when they flee the scene.
Common Reasons Behind San Jose Hit and Run Car Accident
One person was killed in a fatal car accident that occurred recently. The crash happened near Santa Teresa Boulevard in the downtown area. A driver in a 2016 Volkswagen Passat was headed northbound San Ignacio Avenue when he attempted to make a turn. As he entered the intersection, he was struck by a Dodge Ram Laramie pick-up truck struck coming from the opposite direction.
Rather than stopping at the scene, as required by law, the pick-up truck driver abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. The driver of the Passat died as a result of his injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the crash and are searching for the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, these types of hit and run accidents are common in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. Reasons why drivers attempt to flee the scene include:
- Fear of legal liability for the crash
- Driving without insurance or a valid license and registration
- Engaging in criminal activity or wanted for other charges
- Illegal immigration status and fear of being detained or deported
Holding Hit and Run Drivers Accountable
Under the California Penal Code, drivers who fail to remain at the scene of an accident can face serious criminal charges, along with the loss of their driving privileges. When they are caught, they can also be held liable for any injuries other drivers involved suffered.
While hit and run drivers flee as a means of evading responsibility, in the majority of cases they are eventually caught. This is due to the diligent efforts of law enforcement officials and help from the general public. Details surrounding the crash and the hit and run driver involved are often made public, which eventually leads to the driver’s arrest. Evidence which can be used to identify these drivers and hold them accountable include:
- Statements from witnesses at the crash scene
- Video surveillance tapes from nearby stores or traffic signals
- Alert neighbors, co-workers, and mechanics, who spot the suspect or the damaged vehicle
Contact Our San Jose Attorneys for Help
At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we can help you locate hit and run drivers so that they can be held accountable for the damages you suffer. It is important to act quickly in these types of cases. To schedule a free consultation, call our office or contact our skilled San Jose car accident attorneys today.