In Washington D.C., A couple in their 20’s were taken to a local hospital last night, after they were struck by a light blue 4-door Honda Accord while they were crossing Wisconsin Avenue close to Tenley Circle. The impact of the car collision threw one of the victims 50 feet. Witnesses say that the driver of the Honda fled on foot.
Pedestrians who are injured on the road because a driver behaved negligently should speak to a personal injury lawyer right away and find out if they have grounds to file a claim for their injuries.
A Few Pedestrian Accident Statistics:
• 1 pedestrian is killed every 111 minutes in a traffic crash
• A pedestrian is injured every eight minutes in a traffic accident
• Nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed in 2003
According to U.S. government statistics, there are close to nearly 700,000 hit and run cases annually.
A hit and run accident is an accident where the party that caused the motor vehicle accident did not stop at the accident scene but proceeded to drive or walk off. By law, people involved in car accidents or any other kind of motor vehicle accident are obligated to stop and exchange pertinent driver, vehicle, and contact information. If a driver hits a parked vehicle, he or she is required to take down any information (vehicle license number, car model, type of damage) about the car and leave his or her own details.
If a hit and run driver is later apprehended, he or she may have to face criminal penalties, as well as become the defendant of a personal injury lawsuit.
The victim filing a personal injury claim may demand compensatory damages, such as lost wages, medical costs, and other related or resulting expenses. Punitive damages—if it appears that the negligent party acted with malice or intent—may also become a factor in a personal injury lawsuit.
The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen handles personal injury and wrongful death claims in Washington D.C. and Maryland. We have also successfully handled personal injury lawsuits in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington D.C., and Delaware. Our main objective is to obtain the best result possible for every client. For your free consultation, contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today.
Related Web Resources:
Walking in Traffic, Loyola University Health System