When a driver hits another vehicle and then drives away from the scene of the accident, the act of the hit-and-run is basically an admission of guilt. Sometimes, it takes months or even years before police are able to find the suspect who perpetrated the hit-and-run accident. When the accident investigation does uncover the suspect's location and the suspect is taken into custody, the loved ones of victims in fatal hit-and-run accidents may wish to file wrongful death lawsuits.
A seven month investigation in Tennessee came to a conclusion after police took into custody a man suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run car accident. The man, 42, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, as well as vehicular homicide. The man was arrested on a Monday afternoon after investigators found him in his home.
The accident occurred when the 42-year-old man, driving an SUV, struck a man who was riding a motorcycle. The rider of the motorcycle was killed as a result of the collision. Devastated, the parents of the motorcycle rider said that in the months following the accident, in which the SUV driver was not yet found, they were in a lot of emotional pain. They questioned why the man did not stop to help their son.
Following a fatal motorcycle crash, the loved ones of victims may be left wondering what options are available to them. In some cases, it may be appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits allow the loved ones of victims to pursue compensation from the suspected negligent party. Every situation is unique and it is vital that loved ones know their legal rights before deciding to pursue any action.
Source: News Channel 5, "Arrest Made In Fatal Shelbyville Hit-And-Run Crash," Jason Lamb, Mar. 20, 2014