[Oakland, CA] – Richard Wiltz Lost His Life in a Deadly Motorcycle Crash on 24th Street
Richard Wiltz Killed While Riding Motorcycle on 24th Street Hit-and-Run Accident
December 10, 2020 – Richard Wiltz, age 48, passed away on Monday evening around 5 P.M. Moreover, the man from Antioch lost his life in a motorcycle crash on 24th Street.
The fatal accident happened at the intersection with Market Street.
Initially, Mr. Wiltz was riding a Kawasaki EX250 motorcycle westbound on 24th Street. Then, for unknown reasons, it crashed into a purple BMW 650i that was traveling southbound on Market Street.
Immediately, Mr. Wiltz was thrown from his motorcycle onto the pavement.
In The Aftermath
Later, when the rescuers arrived, they located the seriously injured man. Subsequently, they transported him to a local hospital where he sadly passed away.
Meanwhile, the driver of the BMW had fled the scene on foot, leaving their vehicle behind.
Still, official authorities did not mention whether the BMW driver was a man or woman.
Additionally, investigators said that it was not made clear if drugs or alcohol played any sort of role in this accident.
Furthermore, the local police, as well as Crime Stoppers of Oakland, is offering up to $10,000 cash reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of the involved BMW driver.
Likewise, anyone with any additional information may also contact police traffic investigators at 510-777-8570 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
What to do After a Hit-and-Run
As with any accident, there are easy some steps you should take once the dust has settled. Moreover, it is important to stay calm.
As the person left holding the buck, it is your responsibility to record as much information as you can. As a result, you will further be able to protect yourself.
Here is what to do if you are the victim of a hit-and-run:
- Remain calm – Any accident can leave you feeling very anxious. Also, my might also feel angry or afraid. Importantly, do your best to remain composed so you can think and act with a clear head. It may be difficult if you are injured but try to do your best to remember.
- Stay put – Make sure to stay where you are. Moreover, do not leave the scene of the accident or attempt to chase down the other driver. Sitting still can help you collect valuable evidence. This will help to avoid any incurring penalties for yourself. Additionally, move your car safely off the road if possible. Once you have a good grasp of your situation, start checking to see if you or any passengers need medical attention.
- Take down details – It is good to remember as many details as you can. Such as, get the make and model of the car as well as the license plate number before they can get away. You may not be able to recognize who hit you. However, any detail you can remember will help you when you talk to the police or your insurance company.
- Locate witnesses – Most accidents will typically get a lot of attention. However, after you make sure that you and your passengers are safe, see if there are any witnesses to confirm what happened. Make sure to get their names and contact information. Moreover, this will help you solidify your story when you talk to the police.
- Dial 911 – Make sure and call the police to the scene, particularly if someone needs medical attention. Notably, some states will legally require calling the police after an accident. Furthermore, the responding officials will help investigate the incident and file an accident report. A copy of the report may be necessary for insurance claims.
- Get pictures – While providing your story to insurance companies, pictures will help you provide evidence of the damage. More on that, take photos from different angles, including a full view of the vehicle and close-ups of any dings and scratches. Do not forget to take pictures of the paint left by the other car if there is any. Look for any evidence of the other vehicle involved.
- Call your insurance company – This is not just for hit and run accidents, this is for all accidents. What is more, the trained professionals at an insurance company can walk you through what to do, and how to file a claim.
As daunting as the encounter can be, how you react can play an important role in protecting yourself both financially and physically.
What is a Hit-and-Run?
A hit and run accident are when the person responsible flees from the scene of the crash. Sadly, some people have been known to flee even though it was only a fender bender.
Also, a person could experience fines, criminal charges, license revocation, or even jail time. Although, this all depends on what state you live in.
Since the penalties can be severe, they are often the reason that a driver may choose to flee. Here is a look at a few penalty examples:
- The most obvious reason is they lack auto insurance coverage.
- They know that they have just broken the law and are afraid.
- They have been using drugs or alcohol.
- The vehicle they are driving is stolen.
Rest assured that being involved in a car accident is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day. However, the experience can be especially disorienting if you are involved in a hit-and-run.
Hit and run accidents can happen so quickly. Furthermore, you might just barely realize that your vehicle’s been hit before you get out to see that the other car is driving off into the distance.
Some More Info on Hit-and-Runs
A hit-and-run car accident can be life changing for various 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 Richard Wiltz, we at Salkow Law firm 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.