Police officials received numerous phone calls with news of a hit and run accident involving a rental truck around 1:30pm Sunday near the intersection of NE 145th Street and Stone Avenue North in Seattle.
Police said an unidentified man was driving a U-Haul pickup truck on Northeast 145th Street when he struck the rear-end of the victim’s vehicle, damaging the vehicle and leaving the driver with several broken bones, among other injuries. The driver then tried to drive off but the truck would not drive so the drive fled the scene of the crime. The driver of the U-Haul is being described as a white male between the ages of 30-40 years old with no hair.
The Washington State Patrol is currently looking for the driver of the rented U-Haul who fled the scene of the accident, as he will likely be held responsible for the injured party and damaged property. Luckily for the victim and police, the engine of the U-Haul pickup truck failed shortly after the driver decided to flee, meaning police will at least be able to investigate who last rented the truck.
Officials are asking that anyone with information related to this case to please contact the Washington State Patrol. Detective Sergeant Stacy Moate can be reached at 425-401-7745 and Trooper Clayton Dresher can be reached at 425-401-7742.
Tips for Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents
It’s stressful to be involved in any type of car accident. Accidents involving hit and run drivers cause the most emotional turbulence. Here is a list of actions to take following a hit and run collision:
- Remain in control after you’ve been hit, record what you can remember and contact the police
- Immediately after the collision record as much information as you can about the incident. For example; location, time, make, model, color, license plate number- if you can
- Do not chase the hit and run driver, you can never be sure what the other driver is thinking or at what lengths they will go to get away
- Contact the police and file an accident report
- Once you have enough information to identify the guilty party, contact the carrier and file a claim
- If the driver cannot be identified or does not have enough insurance to pay your expenses, then you can file a claim with your insurance
In this particular case, it is likely that the police will be able to use the U-Haul truck itself to identify the at-fault driver in some way. The rental company should have paperwork on file of the most recent person to rent the vehicle, which would presumably provide them with the identity of the at-fault driver.
A person who rents a U-Haul truck will typically be required to select a plan for liability insurance from a variety of options provided by the company. In almost all cases, a person who wishes to reject the liability coverage must provide the company with proof of their own individual auto insurance policy, which ensures that they will be able to provide coverage if the driver is at-fault for another driver’s personal injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant personal injuries due to an accident with a U-Haul truck, you may benefit from consulting with an attorney who has experience in handling rental truck accidents. Contact us online or call our downtown Seattle office at 206-727-4000 to have your case evaluated free of charge by our legal team.