When a driver chooses to flee the scene of an accident, the consequences for the victim are often dire. In many hit-and-run cases, victims do not receive prompt medical attention, multiplying both their injuries and their pain and suffering.
Those who flee the scene, often while intoxicated and extremely stressed, can still pose a danger to others. This was the scene in Fort Worth recently, when a driver, fleeing from an earlier accident, crashed into a local Star Food Mart. The collision caused the death of one person and injured seven others.
The driver, a 19-year-old man, was reportedly involved in a relatively minor accident on U.S. Highway 287. The man initially stopped and spoke with the other driver. During their conversation, the other man quickly grew suspicious that the teenager was under the influence of drugs and told him that he would be calling the police. The 19-year-old then got back in his car and sped away.
The escape ended soon after when the man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the Star Food Mart. The damaged vehicle trapped several people inside the store; employees from surrounding businesses worked to clear the wreckage. One of the trapped people was a 24-year-old mother of three. Though she was rushed to the hospital, the she did not survive her injuries.
Police suspect that the 19-year-old was under the influence of a narcotic at the time of the accident. He now faces charges for intoxication manslaughter.
Hit-and-run accidents often leave victims feeling a strong need for justice. Such accidents can also leave victims in serious financial distress, as lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses put a strain on the family. In these situations, a personal injury lawsuit can effectively fulfill the needs of the victims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, the attorneys at Greening Law, P.C., can help you pursue compensation and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. To schedule a consultation at our Dallas law office, contact us online or call 972-934-8900.