Car accidents are regular occurrences on Oklahoma roads and highways, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Whether the collision is caused by texting and driving, a distracted driver or a drunk driver, it is the operator's responsibility to remain at the scene of the accident.
In June 2012, a Tulsa woman was charged in a tragic hit-and-run accident in which one person died and four people were injured. The woman, who rear-ended an SUV while driving with her child in the car, fled the scene. The woman recently pleaded no contest to charges of child endangerment, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and first-degree manslaughter.
The laws are tough, and rightly so, for people who disregard other people's property and their lives. However, the family members of deceased crash victims are often left with the sense that a hit-and-run driver’s punishment is too lenient. In these cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be the appropriate course of action for achieving the full measure of justice.
A wrongful death claim can also lead to compensation for monetary costs such as medical bills and the victim’s lost wages.
Hit-and-run accidents that result in serious injury or death can affect the victims and their families for years to come. Families or individuals who are confronted with such an ordeal may want to seek the legal guidance of an attorney with experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. While no legal action can bring back a lost loved one, some families find that holding a wrongdoer accountable in civil court can lead to some measure of solace after a devastating crash.
Source: KJRH TV, "Tulsa woman pleads no contest in deadly 2012 hit-and-run that left one dead, four injured," Jan. 18, 2014