A late-night bicyclist was hit by what witnesses say was a red two-door car in Nashville at approximately 10:20 pm on February 24, 2015. The bicyclist was thrown into a nearby front yard but the red sedan was nowhere to be found. There is no word as to the identity or condition of the bicyclist.
Such hit-and-run accidents are unfortunately quite common, especially when they happen late at night or early morning when reflexes are slower there are fewer witnesses. A Des Moines personal injury lawyer may have many cases involving the personal injury to early-morning joggers, dog walkers, or pedestrians crossing the road. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, the number of hit-and-run accidents has been on the rise over the last decade, with some estimates putting it as high as 15%.
The fact that the drivers left the scene of the crime means they are facing criminal charges when they are found, and possibly long incarceration depending on the extent of the harm. When there are witnesses to the incident, or the victim survives to tell the tale, the police have a better chance of finding and apprehending the one responsible. After that, all that remains is to see that justice is carried out.
However, criminal prosecution will not pay for the medical expenses of and other financial consequences to their victims. In most cases, the victim can file a civil lawsuit against the driver for these damages even as criminal prosecution is ongoing. Even if the defendant is acquitted in criminal court, he or she may still be held liable in civil court, where it is easier to get a verdict for the plaintiff.
If you have been seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, you should be ready to assert your claim in civil court as soon as the responsible party is caught. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area for more information.