Richmond police officers are searching for a man responsible for crashing
a stolen car into a bus resulting in multiple injuries and a severely
damaged house. According to a
Bay City Newsreport, the hit-and-run accident occurred near 18th Street and Burbeck
Avenue in Richmond. Officials witnessed the man driving a stolen vehicle
shortly before he sped off and crashed into an AC Transit bus. The bus
then careened into a home containing a woman and her two young daughters.
The three occupants of the duplex were treated for minor injuries and their
portion of the building was deemed uninhabitable. The driver of the bus
and seven passengers were treated for injuries as well. The younger brother
of the alleged driver was taken into custody, but the
hit-and-run driver fled the scene on foot.
Victims of injury accidents in the Bay Area have the right to pursue financial
compensation from the driver responsible for the crash. This process can
become more complicated when the negligent party is a hit-and-run driver
or when the vehicle involved in the crash was stolen. Typically, the at-fault
driver’s insurance will cover the bulk of the damages. This is not
possible when there is no insurance or when the authorities are unable
to apprehend the hit-and-run driver.
In such cases, financial support may still be available for the injured
victims. For example, victims of hit-and-run drivers who have uninsured
motorist coverage may be able to seek compensation from their own insurance
provider. Here are a few important things that everyone should know about
uninsured motorist coverage:
- It can protect you in the event of an accident even when you are not in a car
- Uninsured motorist coverage can cover your damages if you are struck as
a pedestrian or a bicyclist
- You must file a claim with your insurance provider within two years of
- You can purchase uninsured motorist coverage from the same provider that
you already have your liability coverage.
- It will typically only protect you if you can show that you were not solely
at-fault for the accident.
Pursuing support through your own insurance company is just one way to
receive financial compensation after being hurt in a hit-and-run accident.
Anyone interested in his or her legal rights and options would be well
advised to pursue guidance from a San Jose personal injury attorney who
can help them through the claim process.