In West Virginia, we all know the potentially devastating effects of car accidents. Drivers and passengers alike often sustain serious injuries that sometimes turn life-threatening. In emergency situations like this, it is important that car accident victims get immediate medical attention, which is part of the reason why the individuals involved in a serious crash are required by law to stay at the scene until authorities arrive. Unfortunately, not everyone follows this rule.
Yesterday, a serious hit-and-run crash occurred at 12th Street and Dunbar Avenue in Dunbar. According to police, a car hit an SUV, sending it careening into a nearby utility pole. The SUV hit the pole so hard that it broke in half. Then, however, the driver of the SUV drove away. Dunbar Avenue was closed for several hours yesterday afternoon and evening. Police are still searching for the driver that fled the scene.
In this case, the driver of the car needed medical attention and was transported to a local hospital. While the driver was able to get medical attention in this case, not all hit-and-run accidents end so well. When a driver flees the scene of an accident that caused injury, the injured individuals may not get the medical attention they need quickly enough. As we can all imagine, this can end very badly for the victims.
If the victims hope to hold the hit-and-run driver accountable, it will be important that he or she be found. If the driver is found, the victims may seek to file a personal injury lawsuit for the driver's negligence. An experienced attorney can explain how best to handle your situation.
Source: WSAZ, "UPDATE: Hit and Run Crash Closes Street in Dunbar," Jeremy Edwards, Feb. 25, 2013