Articles Posted in Hit-and-Run Accident

A hit-and-run accident can be scary and stressful, especially as you work to figure out which next steps to take. You may have questions about insurance claims and coverage, you may have questions about police involvement and what will happen next in their investigation, and you may have valid concerns about legal claims. These are not easy questions and can differ on a case-by-case basis. However, it can be important to know what some helpful next steps may be after being a victim of a hit-and-run accident.

A recent news report revealed that a fatal hit-and-run accident occurred in Elkridge, Maryland. This crash involved a motorized bike and two other vehicles early one Sunday morning. Around 3 a.m., police were called to Maryland Route 175 between Interstate 95 and Route 108. According to police, the original vehicle involved in the striking accident left the scene of the accident. The victim was ejected onto the roadway and subsequently struck by another vehicle. While the driver of the second vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident, the first driver who initially struck the biker failed to remain at the scene.

What Should You Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

After a hit-and-run accident, as a victim, it can be important to seek any immediate and emergency medical care, and ensure that all victims involved seek such treatment. It can also be important to document at the scene of the crash after ensuring everyone’s well-being and safety. This includes taking photos of the vehicle(s) involved and their damage, taking photos of injuries, taking photos of any debris, and getting contact information for any witnesses. Additionally, speaking with police officers who can take your statement for a report may also be helpful. Police may use information reported from eyewitnesses, traffic cameras, and other clues to help determine and locate the driver who fled. Don’t forget to take the important step of contacting your insurance to notify them of the accident. Sometimes drivers, unfortunately, flee after an accident because they are not insured, which goes against Maryland law. However, notifying your insurance will ensure that you take all the proper steps after such an accident and can help you figure out what your insurance might cover. Finally, connecting with an experienced attorney will be very helpful. An experienced attorney can walk you through potential legal action to recover damages from the perpetrator.

Motorists are responsible to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. When an accident results from a driver’s poor decisions or aggressive driving, that driver may be held liable for any injuries caused as a result of their conduct through a Maryland or Washington, D.C. personal injury lawsuit.

Prior to obtaining compensation following a car accident, an accident victim must prove certain elements of a personal injury case. These elements are duty, breach, causation, and damages. All motorists owe a duty of care to others with whom they share the road, so establishing the duty element is normally quite simple. However, establishing breach and causation can be more difficult. A breach analysis looks at whether the defendant violated the duty of care they owed to the plaintiff. This is normally done through evidence showing that the defendant driver was negligent, aggressive, or otherwise at fault for the accident. This is often where the bulk of the litigation takes place in a car accident lawsuit.

One Killed, Five Injured in Washington, D.C. Car Accident

Earlier this month, one woman was killed and five others injured in a four-car accident in northeastern Washington, D.C. According to a local news report, the accident occurred at around 3:00 on a Saturday afternoon.

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Earlier this month in Thurmont, Maryland, one man was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver as the man was pulled off to the side of the road to assist another motorist whose car had broken down. According to one local news report, the man was a Marine who had served since 2013 and was recently promoted to the rank of corporal.

Evidently, the Marine had pulled over on the side of Route 15, near where it meets Auburn Road, at around 10:50 in the evening, to help a stranded motorist. While he was on the side of the road, not far from where his vehicle was parked, a truck towing a car veered off the highway and into the median, striking the Marine and his vehicle.

While the driver has yet to be located, and an investigation is still underway, police believe that the driver of the truck came to a stop about 100 yards from the scene of the accident. However, as good samaritans arrived to help the accident victim, the driver of the truck sped off. Police told reporters that they found track marks in the grass near the scene that they believe belonged to the truck, and they are confident that the vehicle is a dual axle truck that was towing a smaller vehicle.

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