Heather Martinez Severely Injured in Sacramento Hit-and-Run Crash
Sacramento, CA (August 9, 2023) – Heather Martinez sustained significant injuries after being struck by a dump truck in a Sacramento hit-and-run crash. According to KCRA, the crash occurred on June 30.
A pedestrian, Heather Martinez, sustained severe injuries after a dump truck hit her. Authorities are now asking for the public’s help to locate the driver.
A Sacramento hit-and-run incident left a woman severely injured and caused significant damage to eight vehicles, occurred on June 30 at the Bel Air grocery store’s parking lot on Fruitridge Road in south Sacramento.
Exclusive surveillance footage obtained by KCRA 3 reveals an unknown, sizable dump truck traveling westbound on Fruitridge Road before veering off the road onto the sidewalk, finally coming to rest in the grocery store’s parking area.
In seconds, the video then captures the dump truck departing the scene without halting or offering aid to the victim.
The injured woman has been identified as Heather Martinez by her family and legal representative.
According to the victim’s brother, Dennis Johnson, Heather, a retired state worker, his sister underwent at least six surgeries in the last five weeks.
He and her attorney affirm that her internal organs have suffered severe injuries. Medical professionals are currently working to determine the presence of any potential brain damage.
Authorities now seek help from the public to share any pertinent information or video footage related to this Sacramento hit-and-run crash. Those with leads can reach out to the department at 916-808-5471.
J&M Tip: In hit-and-run accidents, the driver often leaves the scene due to being under the influence, lacking insurance or a driver’s license, or having previous violations. If you are involved in a hit-and-run situation, your insurance provider could provide compensation based on certain circumstances.
Google Map of Hit-and-Run Accident in Sacramento, CA
More About Hit-and-Run Accident Liability
Legal liability for a hit-and-run accident can have various implications. Generally, a victim can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for any property damages and injuries caused by the accident. Your recoverable losses can include medical costs, lost wages, and more, depending on the damages sustained from the crash. Liability insurance is the first option to cover these damages. However, some cases might go to court depending on the case’s circumstances. For hit-and-run accidents, the penalties can include, but are not limited to:
- Up to 6 months of jail time
- Fine up to $1,000
- Probation and community service (depending on criminal history)
- Compensation to victims for damages
- Additional points on your California DMV record that can increase your insurance
You can learn more about what to do after a hit-and-run accident here. However, the most common course of action is to get legal advice from a skilled and experienced hit-and-run lawyer. Aside from navigating through your case, hit-and-run attorneys can help determine if your case can become a felony. They can also sort out compensation options whether you can locate the at-fault driver or not. Read more about getting a hit-and-run lawyer in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury Claims in Sacramento
In this case, the family members of Heather Martinez in this Sacramento hit-and-run crash can have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. These results can point out any acts of negligence by a person or business which might have contributed to the accident.
Indeed, no amount of money can ever make up for the injuries or death left by an accident caused by someone else. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind, so you can fully heal and recover.
Do you have any legal questions about accidents? Get answers and common accident-related legal advice here:
- Car Accident
- Hit and Run Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Burn Injury
- Truck Accident
- Bus Accident
- Wrongful Death
It’s important to get your rightful compensation to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can also help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby & Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, pedestrian accident, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Merced, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can also help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements in Los Angeles and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the above mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Heather Martinez.
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