A male victim was found dead after a hit-and-run collision on Highway 99 on Wednesday morning, December 21, 2022.
The deadly crash reportedly transpired around 11:53 a.m. eastbound on State Route 299, west of State Route 200.
Authorities discovered an adult male with fatal injuries, launched a suspicious death investigation, and summoned the Humboldt County Coroner to the scene.
An autopsy was performed to help determine the cause and time of death.
Preliminarily, it is suspected that the victim was strolling on the south shoulder of the highway when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle.
The evidence gathered at the scene points to the suspect vehicle being a semi-truck with minor to moderate damage to its right side, including missing mirrors.
The victim’s identity remains confidential until the next of kin has been notified.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call the CHP’s Humboldt Area Office at 707-822-5981.
Fatal Hit-And-Run Collision Statistics
According to a new study, hit-and-run accidents have increased in recent years. In 2020, hit-and-run accidents killed 24% of all pedestrians.
According to recent surveys, California has the highest number of pedestrian fatalities compared to other states. In California, there were over 14,000 pedestrian injuries and 893 pedestrian fatalities in 2012.
A hit-and-run accident occurs when two vehicles crash and the fleeing vehicle fails to stop to assist the wounded party. In addition to the agony and suffering caused by injury wrecks, hit-and-run incidents can have negative consequences when victims do not obtain immediate medical attention.
Failure to yield to pedestrians or sudden braking is the leading cause of pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Pedestrians should use sidewalks wherever possible, avoid using drugs and alcohol, and be careful when crossing parking lots or driving to lessen their chances of harm.
Hit-And-Run Accident Lawyers in Humboldt County
Following the death of a loved one, one’s perspective on life progressively shifts. Other businesses, such as insurance providers, may also contact you. Before taking any legal action, you should contact a lawyer. It is best to seek legal counsel before filing any case.
During this time, the deceased’s family must submit a wrongful death claim. Surviving family members of a loved one who died unexpectedly can file a lawsuit to seek reimbursement for their monetary losses, emotional anguish, and mental and physical suffering.
If your loved one were injured in a hit-and-run accident, our Humboldt County hit-and-run accident attorneys would fight for the monetary compensation you require and deserve. Our legal team has years of experience and can assist you in these legal proceedings. Clients can concentrate on improving their condition or mourning their losses without interruption.
Call us at (888) 488-1391 or submit through the website’s “Do I Have A Case?” link for a free consultation with our legal experts.