Mail Carrier Delivers Hit and Run, Los Angeles

A very interesting story has been released from involving a car accident, a hit and run, a smashed tree, and a mail carrier. Joel McLaughlin reports that a mail carrier was involved in a hit and run in Tracy, California that resulted in a car crash. Hit and runs are a problem everywhere. Different states have unique laws that protect drivers against hit and runs, however, with most cases it is difficult to find the culprit of a hit and run in a car accident.

In the situation of interest here, it is somewhat humorous to think that the driver of a marked mail carrier could think they would be able to get away with a hit and run, especially when more than one vehicle is involved.

The Hit N’ Run Car Accident
Mclaughlin reports that on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, the mail carrier was on duty and delivering mail on his normal routine. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that the man was turning left onto a side street when he made the turn too early, heading straight into a car coming from the opposite direction on the side street. This car was being driven by a local 17-year-old boy who swerved right in order to avoid a head-on collision with the mail carrier.

The car ended up swerving straight into a ditch crashing into a tree and a truck that was parked next to it. The 17-year-old driver did sustain the only reported injuries in this car crash. The mail carrier did not stop to check on the victims of his negligence but rather kept going. Later, the mail carrier offered two different stories to California Highway Patrol. In the first version of his story, he had not noticed the crash but was flagged off the road later by another motorist who had seen it and tried to make it back. In the second version of the story, the mail carrier stopped and watched as the young man in the car went into the ditch and after not seeing him hit anything, drove off.

Legal Ramifications of a Hit N’ Run
Regardless of which story of this car accident is true, according to California State Law, the mail carrier is responsible for this car crash even though his vehicle never actually made contact with either of the other two vehicles involved. Luckily, there were many witnessed and the mail carrier was easy to identify in this situation, however, most people in similar situations are not so lucky. Having a specialized car accident lawyer working on your case is substantial to holding those responsible accountable for their negligence. Those involved in this car accident were fortunate enough to be able to find the negligent driver and hold him accountable.

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