A 47-year-old disabled man identified as Albert Johnson due to a fatal hit-and-run accident on Highway 99 on early Sunday morning, October 18.
According to the local authorities’ initial reports, the fatal accident took place at the on-ramp to Highway 99 at Olive Avenue in Fresno at around 2:42 a.m.
The victim was attempting to cross the street in his wheelchair when a dark-colored Mitsubishi suddenly struck him.
The Mitsubishi driver did not stop to render aid and fled the scene.
Emergency personnel rushed the victim to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the fatal accident. They are actively pursuing the hit-and-run driver that killed the disabled man. Witnesses that can provide helpful information about the suspect’s whereabouts are urged to contact the police (559) 621-7000. It is apparent in this case that the liability falls on the hit-and-run driver for leaving the victim wounded and fleeing the scene. The suspect will most likely face criminal charges once caught.
Unfortunately, around one in five pedestrian accidents are caused by hit-and-run drivers. Sixty percent of people killed in hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians. Common reasons why hit-and-run drivers flee the scene are intoxication, driving without a license, and fear of getting arrested if they remained at the scene.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Fresno County accident attorney specializing in fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accidents to conduct an independent investigation. Attorneys have the resources to help prove the negligence of the liable party. All contributing factors, such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting, should be considered and thoroughly examined.
Fresno County Wrongful Death Claim for Victims of Fatal Hit-and-Run Accidents
It can be quite devastating and stressful to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal hit-and-run accident.
While waiting for the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the fatal accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful legal guide during this difficult time for the grieving family. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence. Attorneys can also negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients to ensure that they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.