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Woman injured in Tulsa hit-and-run by unlicensed driver

Nevada drivers and passengers know there is the risk of a traffic accident in almost any situation on the road, but drunk drivers and the hit-and-run car accidents they often cause can put people at additional risk of serious injuries.

On the afternoon of Jan. 18, a man was arrested following a hit-and-run car accident in Tulsa. A woman in the other vehicle suffered injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, and she was transported to a hospital for treatment.

An off-duty police officer saw the collision and apprehended the hit-and-run driver after stopping him at another location. The suspect was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in an injury.

Other counts against the driver include driving without a license and driving while under the influence. The arrest report stated that the driver's breath smelled of alcohol, and he demonstrated other signs of intoxication.

Hit-and-run drivers who choose to drive under the influence and without a valid license may display a lack of concern for other laws, such as the requirement to carry auto insurance. If a driver in a crash doesn't have insurance, then victims or their families may take legal action to pursue damages that would ordinarily be reimbursed by proper coverage.

Victims of hit-and-run collisions often feel the physical and financial effects long after the accident. The long-term effects of these injuries can negatively impact a victim's ability to work, enjoy life and carry out daily activities. Anyone going through such an ordeal because of another driver's negligence deserves compensation for damages.

Source: KJRH TV, " Suspect arrested in north Tulsa hit-and-run that left one woman injured," Jan. 18, 2014

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