Pedestrians are at risk in Reno and throughout Nevada even when they walk in crosswalks and follow all the basic rules for safety. Drivers are becoming increasingly reckless with distractions, speeding and driving under the influence. This can lead to accidents. In some of these collisions, the driver made the situation worse by fleeing the scene. When this happens, law enforcement does whatever it can to find these drivers. When the driver is found, it is important for the injured pedestrian and their family to know what steps to take to recover compensation.
A hit-and-run collision in a crosswalk led to a pedestrian’s death in Reno. Law enforcement was in the process of searching for the vehicle when, as part of a separate investigation, both were found a few hours after the accident.
The driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident was a 52-year-old woman. When it was later found, she was a passenger in the vehicle, and it was being driven by a 54-year-old man who was stopped for driving under the influence. He was not involved in the hit and run. The woman faces charges for the crash and for driving with a suspended driver’s license.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but when it happens in an auto accident, it is even more difficult to come to grips with. If the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after hitting a pedestrian, the family will wonder what steps to take in the aftermath. A legal filing will not bring the person back, but it can help with recovering compensation for funeral costs, lost companionship, lost income and more. Discussing the case with a legal professional can provide information on how to file a claim. A law firm experienced in car accidents may be able to help.