Joe Barrett Concord: Joe Barrett Injured In Concord Hit-And-Run Car Accident On Port Chicago Highway By Highway 4
CONCORD, CALIFORNIA (February 12, 2020) – An 18-year-old man identified as Joe Barrett was seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident along the Port Chicago Highway by Highway 4.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the collision occurred around 9:00 p.m. on February 10th. For reasons that remain under investigation Joe Barrett had just gotten off of a bus near the library when he was hit by a car.
The driver did not remain at the scene and was pursued by police. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident and transported Joe Barrett to the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
Authorities were eventually able to locate a person and vehicle of interest. Officers are asking the public to reach out to them with information about the accident.
Liability In Concord Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Hit-and-run collisions continue to rise across the United States. According to AAA, “In 2016, there were 1,980 fatal hit-and-run crashes resulting in 2,049 fatalities. This is the highest annual number of hit and-run fatalities or crashes recorded since NHTSA began compiling statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes in 1975.” There are a number of reasons that drivers flee the scene of a collision including:
- They may fear going to jail
- They may believe they can get away with the accident
- They may be intoxicated
All drivers have a responsibility to exercise due care 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.” Drivers that flee the scene of a collision may also face criminal sanctions.
It is a felony to flee the scene of a car accident that results in bodily injury or death. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” It’s important that evidence is properly preserved and collected after an accident.
Any person that is injured in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Even if the at fault driver does not have insurance victims may be able to seek recourse through Prop 213. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with filing civil claims.
Investigating Concord Hit-And-Run Accidents
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Joe Barrett and his family as he continues to recover. Any person that may have information about the driver involved in this crash should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. The driver should be located and brought to justice.
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