When a car accident occurs, it is imperative that those involved stop to render assistance and trade information. Not only is fleeing the scene of an accident a serious crime, it also represents a severe danger to injured drivers and passengers. In many cases, injured victims of hit-and-run accidents are unable to receive medical attention in a timely fashion, leading to serious health complications or even death.
This was the case in El Paso recently, when a 24-year-old man suffered fatal injuries after his Toyota 4Runner was struck by a 2005 Mini Cooper shortly after 1 a.m. on a Friday morning. According to authorities, the driver of the Mini Cooper was speeding at the time of the accident. Police say the driver failed to maintain her lane and swerved into oncoming traffic, forcing the 24-year-old driver to collide with a concrete barrier. The man suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene.
The driver of the Mini Cooper suffered only minor injuries. She was allegedly picked up by another vehicle and fled the scene. A witness stated that the woman appeared to be intoxicated.
This situation is all too common for victims of serious traffic accidents and their families. Drunk drivers, eager to avoid the consequences of their actions, often attempt to flee the scene of traffic accidents. In many cases, this makes it difficult or impossible for victims to seek compensation for the losses they have suffered. In this situation, however, police were able to apprehend the alleged perpetrator, identifying and arresting her at a local home. She was charged with intoxication manslaughter and accident involving injury or death.
Following a fatal accident, the victim’s family is often faced with serious challenges, both emotional and financial. Loss of companionship, emotional distress, medical bills and lost wages can put enormous pressure on any family. Although no legal action can truly replace what was lost, a wrongful death lawsuit can at least bring families a sense of closure as they hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions.
If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, the attorneys at Greening Law, P.C., can help you pursue legal action against the negligent drivers who are responsible. To schedule a consultation with attorney Robert Greening, contact our firm online or call 972-934-8900.