Hit-and-run accidents seem to occur at an epidemic rate in California. When a driver flees the scene after causing an injury accident, a victim may help a greater sense of helplessness. When a driver causes a fatal wreck and fails to remain at the scene, the family of the victim likely feels a greater sense of injustice.

The California Highway Patrol is working to piece together the circumstances following a fatal hit and run crash on Interstate 405 in late November. A 31-year-old Buena Park, California, man did not survive the accident. Members of law enforcement believe that the Buena Park man experienced some kind of mechanical trouble and pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate. The driver of another vehicle slammed into the Buena Park man and fled the scene, according to authorities.

Police say that a witness has ignited a potential trail to find the hit and run driver. Law enforcement is looking for a Ford with front-end damage based upon a description provided by a motorist who remembered seeing the stalled car along the roadway.

Hit-and-run accidents pose complex problems in the investigation of a wreck and settling the claims of victims. Law enforcement often will diligently continue to seek clues to hold a negligent driver accountable following a hit-and-run. Victims who have suffered injury, or the family of a fatal accident victim, have rights.

While the government does its job, a victim still has rights. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a fatal hit-and-run, you do not have to wait for law enforcement to finish its probe to protect your rights to recover after an accident.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Tip May Lead Investigators to Driver in Fatal 405 Freeway Hit-and-Run,” Hetty Chang, Dec. 1, 2014