Authorities in Sacramento announced last month that they had identified and arrested a man in connection with a severe hit-and-run in Sacramento involving a California Highway Patrol Officer.
According to CHP officers, Austin Scott was arrested and jailed for fleeing after striking Officer Michael Ericson, a longtime veteran of the department, while he was stopped on Interstate 80.
Eyewitness accounts from the scene revealed that the crash was an “intentional act”, with officials reporting that Scott had backed up into the officer at least once prior to fleeing the scene. While officials could not confirm how many times Ericson had been hit, they noted that his condition had been upgraded to “critical, but stable”.
After fleeing the scene, police confirmed that Scott traveled westbound along the I-80 corridor, before abandoning his vehicle to steal an unattended pickup. He was eventually apprehended after a 50-mile chase, which ended outside of Sacramento in the City of Fairfield.
Although the state of California is no stranger to car accidents – the states sees an unfortunately high number due to high driver volumes on roads and highways – hit-and-run accidents can offer an entirely different set of consequences, especially in cases where the fleeing driver is not immediately identified.
Car Accident Injuries in California
Generally, a car accident is considered to be a hit-and-run if any party involved leaves the scene without properly identifying themselves, or without offering aid to anyone in need of assistance. Most state statutes recognize collisions involving another vehicle, a pedestrian or a fixed object, and (in some states) may even include animals.
Although these laws vary on a state-by-state basis, many states consider a hit-and-run as either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the case’s circumstances. However, it’s important to note that, with this type of car accident, the lines dictating fault are increasingly blurred. In fact, most states do not consider fault in the event of a hit-and-run incident. In these cases, the most defining behavior is the decision to leave the scene.
There are, however, exemptions to this rule. This is most commonly seen in cases where an individual leaves to seek emergency assistance, or to locate a cell phone signal, so long as the individual returns immediately to the incident scene.
Because the laws governing car accidents are often complex, especially with respect to hit-and-run accidents, these types of cases typically require the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
Filing Car Accident Claims in California’s Central Valley
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, or if you are dealing with injuries sustained in a hit-and-run situation, know that you are not alone in your recover. In the Central Valley of California, there are personal injury attorneys who specialize in handling these types of cases, and who can help you with the filing of a personal injury claim.
That’s where the legal team at Triebsch & Frampton comes in. Our firm specializes in handling a variety of complex personal injury issues, and our attorneys possess the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to oversee your case through to a successful end. From conducting in-depth interviews and investigations to working with you to ensure that you receive the best medical care possible, our attorneys are fully committed to supporting the needs and rights of you and the ones you love.
Let us work with you during this difficult time to protect your interests, not only now, but in the future. Regardless of your situation, our team is here to help.
If you believe you have grounds for a car accident or related claim, we encourage you to contact the law office of Triebsch & Frampton. To get started, call us today at (209) 667-2300 to schedule your free initial consultation.