Drivers and pedestrians must share the road and be attentive to maintain safety for everyone. Today, however, there are many drivers who are distracted by devices, drive recklessly or negligently or are simply ignoring traffic laws. This can cause motor vehicle accidents with pedestrians. Since a pedestrian has no protection when hit by a car, there can be serious injuries and fatalities. This is made worse when it is a hit-and-run. After a pedestrian accident, the victim and the victim’s family must know how they can recover compensation for what they have lost.
A young woman was seriously hurt when she was hit by a car as she crossed the street. The woman, a college student, was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash. The accident happened at night and the vehicle subsequently fled the scene. The 22-year-old was hospitalized with injuries to her legs including broken bones. According to her mother, she was at a friend’s residence and was heading back to her campus when the crash occurred. There is surveillance video of the accident. The vehicle, a silver truck, is seen driving away without slowing down after hitting the woman. Law enforcement is searching for the vehicle and its driver.
Pedestrian accidents are difficult enough to recover from without the driver of the vehicle choosing to flee. Often, drivers in such accidents are doing something they should not have been doing, which is why drivers leave the scene. However, this can create more difficulties for victims who are trying to come to terms with their injuries and understand why the driver was negligent. It is comforting to know that with so much access to media and videos of accidents, finding drivers in such crashes is possible.
In a hit-and-run accident, victims should be prepared for when the driver is found and think about filing a lawsuit to receive compensation. For a person who is young and was lucky enough to survive a pedestrian accident, there will still be challenges ahead including medical expenses, therapy, lost income and the possibility of lifetime changes. Having legal protection is crucial. As victims recover, it is wise for them and their family to consider their options for the future and consult a law firm that has helped many people with filing a lawsuit after motor vehicle accidents.