For victims and their families, hit-and-run accidents can prove to be extremely frustrating. Many may feel outraged, especially if the driver who caused a crash flees the scene. However, in many cases, police investigators are able to track down a hit-and-run driver a short time after the accident occurs.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recently arrested a driver who is alleged to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident involving a six-year-old boy. Sometime around 7:30 p.m. on June 8, the man's car allegedly struck the boy, who was riding a scooter. Reports say he exited his vehicle, examined it for damage, examined the injured child and then fled the scene of the accident.
Witnesses followed the man to a motel and they notified authorities of the driver's location. Shortly thereafter, the man was taken into custody. The driver now faces a number of charges, including leaving the scene of an injury crash, aggravated vehicular assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked driver's license. The child was taken to a nearby hospital. He is said to have suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Even injuries that are not considered life-threatening can cause victims a great deal of pain following car accidents. While suffering with this pain, victims and their families should not have to suffer with the many financial strains that come with treatment costs, transportation expenses and the like. Pursuing compensation from a negligent driver can sometimes help to alleviate these financial burdens, allowing victims to focus on other aspects of their recoveries.
Source: News 2, "Man arrested for hit-and-run accident involving child," June 9, 2014