City of Ontario, CA (August 06, 2020) – According to the California Highway Patrol, a driver suspected of fleeing the scene of an auto accident was fatally shot by a CHP officer. The auto accident occurred at around 4 p.m. but when officers arrived at the scene of the accident, the suspected driver had already fled the scene. Eventually, officers were able to catch up with the suspect on the railroad tracks south of Gausti Road, near the Haven Avenue intersection.
The California Highway Patrol reports that the suspect carried a metal pipe on his person when confronted at the railway tracks. Shortly thereafter, a police officer opened fire, killing the suspect. The Ontario Police Department is currently handling the investigation involving the shooting, while the California Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic accident that led to the shooting. No further details have been released at the moment.
California Vehicle Code §20001 – 20002 identifies what a driver who is involved in a traffic accident has a legal obligation to do. Under California law, drivers must stop their vehicle if a person has suffered serious injuries or has died as a result of the accident. Drivers are also obligated to stop and attempt to notify the owner of the vehicle when property damage has been done to the owner of the vehicle. Depending on the facts of the case, hit-and-runs can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
When a person has been injured as a result of a hit-and-run driver, there may be an opportunity to recover compensation for the damages sustained. Financial compensation can include damages such as the loss of wages caused by the inability to return to work while in recovery and the accumulated medical costs.
In most personal injury cases, those who have been injured as a result of another’s actions can seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. However, when the at-fault party cannot be identified, such as in hit-and-run cases, compensation can be recovered under uninsured motorist coverage.
Uninsured motorist coverage is an additional, and completely optional insurance policy that can be added to an automobile insurance policy in the State of California. This optional coverage will pay for the medical costs and related expenses of an accident when the at-fault party fled the scene or was otherwise uninsured. Currently, California law requires insurance companies to offer policyholders the option of obtaining uninsured motorist coverage but having the coverage itself is not mandatory. It is important to note that even when having uninsured motorist coverage, this coverage can be denied by the insurance company.
When involved in an accident, victims must take important steps to protect their claim. This can involve attempting to capture the identity of the at-fault driver by writing down his or her license plate number or taking a picture of the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, a police report should be filed with the appropriate agency. It is important to be as detailed as possible when filing the police report as this may help capture the hit-and-run driver.
To obtain coverage under an uninsured motorist policy, certain conditions may be required. For example, some policies require direct contact between the vehicles involved. In California, suffering an accident as a result of a vehicle that did not make direct contact cannot be considered as a hit-and-run driver for the purpose of collecting uninsured motorist coverage. When the driver that caused the accident can be identified, he or she may be held accountable through other means. Additionally, it is required to file a police report within a day from the accident and all claims should be filed with the insurance company within a month from the date of the incident.
If you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, you may be presented with challenging obstacles. Even if the at-fault driver fled the scene, you may still be faced with debilitating injuries that will result in costly medical expenses that must be paid. Consequently, after a hit-and-run accident, it is important to seek the support of a skilled auto accident attorney who can help you understand what your available legal options are. An experienced attorney can also help you gather the evidence you need to obtain compensation in the event that the accident has caused you serious debilitating injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King are highly versed in complex auto accident cases. The firm understands that hit-and-run cases can be difficult to face alone, and the process to obtain compensation can be difficult. At the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King, helping injured victims defend their right to full compensation is a top priority. Consider scheduling a no-obligation consultation with the law firm today.