Car crashes into Martinez house, causes gas leak, suspect flees on foot

Posted: June 10, 2022

MARTINEZ, CA (June 10, 2022) – Police are searching for a suspect that crashed a car into a home in Martinez, causing a gas leak and shutting down several roads according to the SF Chronicle.

Police reported around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday that they arrived at the scene of the accident around the 2000 block of Alhambra Avenue, near the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Due to the accident, gas lines were shut off and crews working on the lines also had to close several roads.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash as they search for the suspect who fled the scene.

It is unknown whether anyone was in the home or if anyone was injured as a result of the accident causing the gas leak.

Anyone with information regarding this accident should reach out to Martinez police.

Liability In Martinez Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died 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 funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Martinez Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes to the family affected by the gas leak and damages to their home. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Martinez car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (213) 927-3700.

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