Law enforcement officials are searching for a driver who caused a fatal hit-and-run crash in January. The driver struck a bicyclist in Frederick County, Virginia, causing the death of the bicyclist. The driver lost control of his vehicle, swerved to the left of the road, then overcorrected and ran off the right side of the road. The bicyclist was riding on the right side of the road and the driver struck him from behind. The driver ran away from the scene of the crime on foot. Police are still looking for the suspect. Law enforcement officers suspect that alcohol and speed both factored into the crash.
Hit-and-Run Accidents are Far Too Common in Virginia
Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise. In 2015, an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes took place in the United States. In fact, in the United States, a hit-and-run accident happens once every 43 seconds. In 2016, 2,049 people died as a result of hit-and-run accidents. In 2016, hit-and-run accidents were the highest they have ever been.
Virginia law prohibits drivers from leaving the scene of an accident, also known as a hit-and-run. Nonetheless, hit-and-run accidents continue to happen in Virginia as they do throughout the rest of the country. In 2017, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported that over 4,500 hit-and-run accidents happened in 2017. Many of the victims of hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians and bicyclists who are at greater risk of suffering severe injuries because they are not protected by a motor vehicle.
Ways to Recover Compensation After a Hit-and-Run
Victims of hit-and-run accidents are often rightly frustrated. Many victims have concerns about how to recover compensation to cover their medical bills and time off of work. Drivers who have suffered from hit-and-run accidents should hire a skilled lawyer as soon as possible. At Greg Baker Attorneys at Law PLLC, our law firm has the resources to help you track down the hit-and-run driver who is responsible for your injuries.
When the driver is identified, the victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Or, when the hit-and-run driver has good insurance, the victim can file a claim for compensation through the driver’s insurance companies. Unfortunately, even when a victim identifies the driver, the driver may not have enough insurance coverage. When this happens, the victim may need to file a claim with his or her own insurance for underinsured motorist coverage or uninsured motorist coverage. Even if the victim was walking or bicycling when the incident occurred, he or she may be able to file an uninsured motorist claim with his or her own insurance company.
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