Heather Martinez Sanger: Heather Martinez of Fresno Killed In Sanger Hit-And-Run DUI Car Accident On Highway 180
SANGER, CALIFORNIA (January 29, 2020) – A 42-year-old woman identified as Heather Martinez has tragically died in a hit-and-run car accident on Highway 180.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 2:30 a.m. near North Piedra Road. For reasons that remain under investigation a 2000 Toyota struck Heather Martinez as she was walking eastbound on the shoulder of the freeway.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but was later captured and charged with felony DUI and hit-and-run. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Heather Martinez.
Despite life-saving measures the victim later die due to her injuries. An investigation into the cause of the car accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Sanger Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise across the country. Highways are a particularly dangerous place for pedestrians because they are poorly lit. According to Streets Blog USA, “The number of pedestrian deaths on highways has soared 60 percent in a decade, even higher than the 53 percent rise in pedestrian fatalities on all roads since 2009, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety out this month.” Drivers are supposed to slow down in areas that are known to have heavy pedestrian traffic.
All drivers are supposed to take measures in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” There are a number of measures that cities can take in order to prevent pedestrian accidents:
- Cities can enforce traffic violations that lead to accidents
- Cities can reduce speed limits in problematic areas
- Cities can conduct studies on roads an intersections that have a history of collisions
- Cities can install more lights along roads to help illuminate pedestrians
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through California Civil Code 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a legal duty of care
- That duty was breached
- The breach was the proximate cause of the accident
- The plaintiff suffered damages
Unfortunately, insurance companies will try every trick in the book to deny legal responsibility for an accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It’s important that evidence is properly preserved after a collision.
Investigating A Sanger DUI Hit-and-Run Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Heather Martinez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Sanger? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free police report about a particular accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.