When a person chooses to leave the scene of an accident, authorities may have reason to suspect some level of fault or wrong-doing. Countless individuals have been forced to suffer following a hit-and-run accident, some of whom may choose to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. A recent accident in Washington that occurred under similar circumstances has left a 26-year-old woman in the hospital.
According to reports, the woman was traveling west on Interstate 82 on a recent Sunday when another vehicle suddenly slammed into her own. The other vehicle was apparently covering two lanes prior to the incident, and eventually collided with the rear driver side of her car. After pulling off the road, the woman claims the other driver suddenly decided to leave the scene of the accident, and she was reportedly taken to the hospital shortly thereafter, where she remained the following morning.
Authorities assert that the other vehicle was found later on, but the driver has yet to be located. Fleeing the scene of an accident often indicates guilt and/or fault. There are many reasons that a person might exhibit such behavior, such as intoxication, as those who drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs may often attempt to escape accountability.
When one party is found at fault in an accident, causing serious injury to another in the process, the victim may be entitled to compensation through the civil justice system. However, this process can be challenging to navigate alone, potentially prompting many accident victims to seek assistance throughout this stressful and challenging period. By speaking with an attorney, a client in Washington can obtain advice and assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation deserved through a personal injury claim.
Source: keprtv.com, "Young Woman in the Hospital after Hit and Run on I-82", Joseph Rinaldi|, July 17, 2017