[Fresno, CA] – Michael Martinez Dies in Hit-and-Run Crash on First Street
Michael Martinez Struck and Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Fresno
Fresno, CA (October 18, 2020) – Michael Martinez, age 48 died in a hit-and-run crash. Furthermore, this crash happened in Fresno, on First Street and Ashlan Avenue.
According to The Fresno Police department, the fatal accident took place before 8 p.m. Unfortunately, when officers arrived, they found the victim lying dead in the road about a mile south of the Fashion Fair mall.
Moreover, the investigating officer said the victim was crossing the intersection. That is when, a vehicle traveling north on First Street struck him.
Police have not made any arrests yet. However, they continue to search for the suspected driver. Additionally, they may have been driving a red truck.
Here are a handful of facts surrounding hit-and-run accidents
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident or know someone who has, do your part to ensure justice is served, as it is the right thing to do.
- Approximately 11 in every 100 car accidents are hit-and-run
- In recent years, fatal hit-and-run car accidents have risen by 13% in the U.S.
- About 60% of all pedestrian-related hit-and-run accidents are fatal
- Victims may still be able to receive compensation for their injuries or losses, even if the driver is never tracked down
- In some states, the victim or a witness must be able to identify the driver involved in the hit-or-run before they can press charges.
- It may not be pursued by investigators if the accident occurs on private property.
- There is a statute of limitations in place that determines the timeline in which charges can be pressed against the driver of a hit-and-run accident
- Fatal hit-and-run accidents can happen for the following reasons:
- Motorists are impaired or fatigued
- Road conditions are poor
- Motorists fail to comply with traffic laws
- Pedestrians are unaware of their surroundings
Some More info on Hit-and-Runs
A hit-and-run car accident can be life changing for various different reasons. Car accidents of any kind can lead to serious injuries, and sometimes even death.
Furthermore, hit-and-run accidents can have even more complicated consequences. Also, it is no secret that there are harsh penalties for people who leave the scene of an accident.
Unfortunately, this does not stop people from doing just that.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 11% of all car accidents that have been reported include a hit-and-run type situation. Also, about 20% of all hit-and-runs have to do with pedestrians.
This information shows how seriously deadly a hit-and-run accident can be. Moreover, this strongly applies to drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike.
As previously stated, people do not even try to hide the fact that they leave the scene for a plethora of reasons. Some of these reasons are drugs, alcohol, or even plain guilt.
Those with a previous history also run the risk of getting into further trouble with the law.
In the end, it does not matter what the reason is. If you leave the scene after you hit someone with your vehicle, you are in the wrong. Eventually, you will end up paying the price.
Leaving the scene of a serious accident could cost the life of the person who was hit. The chances of someone who is succumbing to their injuries could mean death if nobody is around.
To the family and friends of Michael Martinez, we cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.
Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.
This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings.