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Hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents can cause injury and death

| Jan 24, 2020 | Firm News, Motor Vehicle Accidents

When motor vehicle accidents occur in Indianapolis and throughout the state, drivers are expected to stop the vehicle. There are many reasons for this including checking to see if others involved are injured and need medical assistance, to exchange insurance information and to wait for law enforcement to arrive so an accident report can be filled out. This is known and should be adhered to regardless of the circumstances. It is even more important if the accident involves a pedestrian. Unfortunately, some drivers decide to flee the scene after a collision. When there is a hit-and-run crash, the victim who was injured or the family left behind after a fatality should consider their options to seek compensation.

A male pedestrian was hit and killed by an SUV. The vehicle subsequently fled the scene. First responders were called to the scene of a collision at approximately 7:15 p.m. The victim was in the street. He did not respond to them. The man was declared dead where he had been found. It is believed that the accident happened there. After speaking to witnesses, law enforcement determined that the vehicle in question was a Honda Pilot, model years 2003 to 2008. It is expected to have sustained damage to its front end on the grill and windshield. The driver did not stop to check on the pedestrian’s condition and went north after the crash. A search is ongoing.

People can suffer injuries and death in any kind of motor vehicle accident, but a hit-and-run is especially egregious. To flee the scene after hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian shows a lack of care and adherence to the law. While treatment might have been provided so the injuries would not have been severe, the window of opportunity to help is lost when running from an accident scene. The injured person or the family left behind will face medical costs, lost companionship, lost income and emotional concerns after a hit-and-run. Having legal assistance can be beneficial to recover compensation for what was lost.

A key after a hit-and-run accident is the investigation into the vehicle that fled the scene. Law enforcement will do its best to find the vehicle and its driver, but the family being protected is also critical. An experienced firm that understands motor vehicle accidents can keep tabs on the investigation and ensure that the necessary steps are taken to file a claim once the driver is found. After any auto accident, it is important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.