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UPDATE: Jonah Johnson Injured In Modesto Hit-And-Run Car Accident By The Tiki Lounge on McHenry Avenue


Sep 17, 2019

Jonah Johnson Modesto: Jonah Johnson From Stockton Injured In Modesto Hit-And-Run Car Accident By The Tiki Lounge on McHenry Avenue

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2019) – A 27-year-old man identified as Jonah Johnson was seriously injured in a car accident by the Tiki Lounge on McHenry Avenue.

Modesto police are saying that the driver of a full sized red truck hit Jonah Johnson as he was crossing the street. The driver of the red truck sped away after hitting the victim. 

The friends of Jonah Johnson immediately called 911 and paramedics came to help him. He remains in the ICU as an investigation into the hit and run collision remains ongoing. 

Modesto police are asking anyone that may have seen the accident to reach out to them. 

Liability For Hit-And-Run Accidents

According to AAA, “The current analysis found that both the rates of hit-and-run crashes and fatalities are increasing. There were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes in 2015 (NHTSA, 2016). This translates to a hit-and-run crash happening somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds. The 2,049 fatalities that resulted from hit-and-run crashes in 2016 were the highest number ever recorded (NHTSA, 2017).” California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Louisiana have some of the highest rates of hit and run collisions:

Image Source: Population data from U.S. Census Bureau.

Image Source: Population data from U.S. Census Bureau.

It is a felony to flee the scene of an 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.” Drivers that flee the scene of an accident are likely to face criminal as well as civil liability. 

Depending on the facts of any case a city may even be liable for an accident. Cities have a legal responsibility to design, construction and maintain roads that are in a reasonably safe condition. A road may be in a dangerous condition if it is lacking basic safety features like lights and stop signs. Victims of pedestrian accidents are protected by a number of laws. 

Any person that is injured in a hit and run accident can hold the negligent driver accountable through a bodily injury claim. Victims can be compensated to help cover their medical bills as well as lost wages. It is important to seek medical treatment after an accident and to file a police report. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Jonah Johnson as he continues to recover.  It is our sincere hope that anyone that may have seen the accident will reach out to  police. There needs to be justice for this victim. The driver that caused this accident should do the right thing and turn themselves in. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a hit-and-run accident? There area a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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