Recently, this blog noted the difficulties of tracking down negligent drivers after a hit-and-run car accident. More recently, Reno saw an example of an alleged hit-and-run driver turning herself in to the police more than a week after an accident that left a young man fighting for his life.
According to Reno police, a woman turned herself in for questioning in connection with the serious hit-and-run accident in which an SUV plowed into a man in a crosswalk. Witnesses said the force of the impact sent the victim flying 180 feet. At last report, he remained in intensive care and required partial amputation of one of his legs. He had not regained consciousness since the accident, and doctors said that bleeding on his brain could lead to permanent brain damage.
The SUV driver fled the scene of the accident, but police said that a woman claiming to be the driver had contacted them. At last report, there was no word as to whether the authorities had filed charges against the woman.
After a serious accident, a victim's family is left with enormous medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Permanent brain damage tends to lead to a lifetime of lost wages and therapy costs.
When an accident is caused by a negligent driver, victims or the family members of a victim may file a personal injury lawsuit to help with the costs in the aftermath of an accident. When a driver flees the scene of an accident, it can interfere with the ability to seek compensation. Fortunately, Nevada police have ways to identify and track down vehicles involved in hit and run accidents. When the media report these accidents, witnesses and the general public can also assist in tracking down those responsible.
A Nevada attorney with experience in personal injury lawsuits involving car accidents can help the injured or their families to understand how the law may apply to their circumstances. It's important for the injured to be compensated when they are hurt through someone else's carelessness. It's also important to show careless drivers that they can't get away with hurting people.
Source: KRNV-TV, "Woman turns herself in following hit and run incident in South Reno," May 22, 2014