Our attorneys stand by the belief that hit-and-run accidents are morally unacceptable and should be reckoned for under the law. When a driver causes injury to another on the road in a motor vehicle accident as a result of negligence or reckless driving, he or she may be held liable for the victim’s injuries. When a driver flees the scene of an accident, they are evading their legal duty to that victim and running from legal accountability and our attorneys believe in fighting for victims in order to hold wrongdoers accountable and obtain justice in a court of law.
According to recent news by ABC, a semi-truck driver was recently arrested for a fatal hit-and-run accident. The suspect allegedly hit two vehicles and fled the scene of the accident last Thursday. Highway patrol officers reported that the semi-truck was heading north in the early morning hours and ran a red light, hitting an SUV and sedan. The driver of the sedan died upon impact, and the two people in the SUV suffered personal injuries but survived.
The same article reports that one witness to the accident followed the semi-truck after the collision. The witness chased the semi-driver for about a half mile to a street corner. The witness apparently yelled in front of him to pull over, but feared the semi-truck driver was going to run him off of the road. When the driver eventually approached the truck, the driver denied that he had hit anyone and ran from the scene.
If you are in a motor vehicle accident and are not seriously injured, there are certain steps you must take no matter if you are the victim or the person who caused the accident. According to an article form WSB-TV, it is always important to document what happened to you. You can do so by taking pictures of the accident and of all vehicles involved. Make sure you have photos of the license plates of the vehicles as well. Exchange insurance and contact information with others involved in the accident. Be sure to get the claim to your insurance carrier as quickly as possible. Also, your safety is at issue immediately following the accident as well. If you are not injured and your vehicle is in driving condition, be sure to get it out of the roadway and the path of traffic as to avoid further collisions and personal injuries.
Our attorneys never wish for anyone to feel what the families of these victims must have been feeling at this instance, and never want anyone to have cope with losing a loved one as a result of negligence. However, when someone falls victim to negligence, we believe in holding wrongdoers like these accountable for the harms and suffering they have caused, and as legal advocates, we stand by the families of victims who have suffered. By standing by these victims, we intend to not only bring them justice, but to prevent this pain from happening to anyone else in the future by setting a legal example when wrongdoers are punished.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a hit-and-run driver, you may be able to hold that wrongdoer liable through a lawsuit. We recommend that you obtain legal counsel immediately, as Illinois has time limitations for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Our law firm has successfully handled all types of injury and accident lawsuits for individuals and families for over 20 years. For instance, in recent trucking accident lawsuit, our firm successfully settled the case for $6.5 million on behalf of the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when their pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck. We would be happy to hear from you to discuss your case. Call us for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.