Authorities in Antioch are looking for a hit-and-run driver who they say caused a deadly accident that claimed the lives of two people on a motorcycle. Bay City News reports that the deadly accident occurred on eastbound Highway 4 when the driver of a Ford F-250 truck made an unsafe lane change and caused a Honda driver to lose control and hit the motorcycle. The motorcyclist and the passenger died from their injuries while the driver of the Honda was hospitalized with major injuries. The pickup truck’s driver left the scene of the accident.
My heart goes out to the family of the fatally injured victims. They will be in my prayers. I also wish the driver of the Honda the very best for a speedy and full recovery.
California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics show that there were 17,158 hit-and-run collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California, in 2008. A majority of these were injury car accidents. Also, 247 people were killed in 2008 due to hit-and-run crashes statewide.
Laws and Liability Issues
It is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code section 20001 (a) to leave the scene of an accident. The driver of a vehicle involved in a traffic collision is required to stop at the scene, remain until authorities arrive, exchange important information with the other parties and most importantly, get help for the injured victim. Motorists have a duty to stop at the scene of the crash, irrespective of whose fault the accident was. Although the pickup truck in this case did not make contact with the motorcycle or the Honda, the driver was required to stop because he or she triggered a chain-reaction crash.
In such cases victims and their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also advise victims and their families about how their car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is not located, or is uninsured or underinsured.
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