Hit-and-run accidents can be unexpected and overwhelming for victims and their families. Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver following a fatal accident in Oklahoma City. According to witnesses, the pedestrian victim was crossing the street when the victim was struck by a dark-colored SUV; the SUV subsequently left the scene of the accident. The victim was taken to the hospital and later died from injuries sustained in the accident.
Hit-and-run accidents can present many questions for victims unexpectedly injured or families unexpectedly dealing with the loss of a loved one. The painful impact of any car accident can be acutely felt by victims and their families, but hit-and-run accidents can leave victims and families with questions and concerns in addition to those that victims of car accidents commonly have.
In general, victims of car accidents, including pedestrian accidents, may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Victims of hit-and-run accidents are not different in the sense that they likely suffer physical, financial and emotional damages. Likewise, families of fatal car accidents and pedestrian accidents may also be able to recover damages for the financial and emotional harm suffered following the wrongful loss of a loved one. A negligent driver may be liable to compensate victims and their families through a wrongful death claim for damages or personal injury claim for damages.
Even when the negligent driver cannot be identified or located, victims and their families may still have resources available to them through an uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy coverage; it is important to keep in mind that it is not uncommon for insurance companies to be involved with compensating victims. The process may seem complex but what is important to keep in mind is that the legal process provides a variety of different options and resources for families and victims of car accidents regardless of the circumstances.