If there is one type of car accident that is completely inexcusable it is a car accident in which a person involved leaves the scene of an accident prematurely. This type of behavior is what's known as a hit and run. It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident before exercising due care. There are consequences for this type of behavior and one Reno man has been arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident earlier this month.
Reno police were called to the intersection of Pueblo Street and Holcomb Avenue late one night in early January. Reports were that there was a man down in the road. When authorities arrived, the man was unresponsive and declared dead on the scene. The vehicle that struck the man and the person who was driving were nowhere to be found.
When the suspect was apprehended, the vehicle suspected of being used in the car accident was parked in the driveway. A full investigation can turn up proof that this was, in fact, the car that was used in the hit-and-run accident. Criminal charges are pending for the alleged perpetrator. While personal injury law and criminal law courts are separate, determinations in criminal court could act as a great argument for the injured individual's family as criminal court has a higher threshold of proof than does personal injury court. If the man is found guilty for his role in the pedestrian's death, it could make a personal injury suit against the driver much easier to allege and win.
Personal injury suits, in a scenario such as this, would seek damages for wrongful death. Wrongful death claims can seek damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and other financial and emotional strain that the victim or the family has endured or will endure. It's possible that, had the driver not left the scene and cooperated with authorities, his negligence in relation to the accident could have been much smaller. However, when a driver leaves the scene of an accident, it changes everything.
Source: mynews4.com, "Suspect arrested in deadly midtown hit-and-run crash," January 11, 2017