Losing a loved one to a fatal hit-and-run accident can be especially traumatic. The disregard for the well-being of the person you loved (and whom the at-fault driver struck) can be very challenging to process. It can also create problems when it comes to recovering the compensation to which your family is entitled. Knowing what to do and taking prompt action are key. One of your first steps should be to retain an experienced Massachusetts car accident attorney to help you in your pursuit of the identification of the at-fault driver and the compensation your family deserves.
Back in April, AAA reported that fatal hit-and-run crashes were at a record high. AAA’s statistics from 2016 showed that more than one hit-and-run accident per minute took place on U.S. roads. The 2,049 hit-and-run deaths logged in 2016 was up 60% from 2009 and was the highest number since AAA began recording this statistic. Maine and New Hampshire were among the states with the lowest per-capita incidences of fatal hit-and-run accidents.
The AAA statistics also broke down the type of victim most frequently killed in hit-and-run accidents. Almost two-thirds of the 2,049 people killed by these drivers were either pedestrians or bicyclists. Many times, the reason why a driver may cause a hit-and-run accident is connected to either distracted driving or drunk driving.
A fatal hit-and-run recently made news in Boston. Authorities in Boston undertook a diligent search for possible eyewitnesses who may have seen a fatal accident in late May, according to Patch.com. The Patch report indicated that Pierre, a 40-year-old father of five, was walking in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood shortly after midnight when he was struck by a dark-colored sedan. Pierre’s injuries were massive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
While Pierre’s accident was a collision directly involving a hit-and-run driver, it is important to understand that a driver does not necessarily have to hit anyone or any vehicle in order to be a hit-and-run driver. If a driver causes another driver (or a bicyclist) to swerve to avoid contact and, in the process, hit something else, the first driver is obliged to stop. If that driver drives away, that qualifies as a hit-and-run.
So what can you do if you have been injured (or if a loved one has been injured or killed) by a hit-and-run driver? There are several possible avenues for compensation. Certainly, finding out the identity of the hit-and-run driver is one step. Additionally, depending on the facts of your case and the details of your auto insurance policy, you may be able to obtain a payment from your own auto insurance company.
What you should know is that, if you or a loved one was a victim of a hit-and-run driver, the lack of knowledge of the identity of that driver doesn’t make your case hopeless. You still have many potential options under the law. For reliable advice and representation in your hit-and-run case or other auto accident issue, contact Plymouth County car accident lawyer Michael S. Mehrmann. Our team has spent many years helping people from across Plymouth County, including in Kingston, Plymouth, Marshfield, Hanson, Carver, Pembroke, and Duxbury, with their auto accident cases. To find out more about how we can assist you, call (781) 585-3911 or contact us online.
More Blog Posts:
Pursuing Both The Other Driver’s Insurer and Your Insurer in Your Massachusetts Auto Accident Case, Plymouth County Injury Lawyer Blog, May 10, 2018
Getting Your Day in Court for Your Massachusetts Auto Accident Case, Plymouth County Injury Lawyer Blog, March 8, 2018