Hit-and-run fatalities increase, other fatal car crashes decline

| Nov 19, 2013 | Hit and Run Accidents, Wrongful Death |

A car accident can change a person’s life and the lives of their family
in an instant. When a hit-and-run accident occurs, it can often leave
a family with many questions and a range of emotions. According to a recent
report, fatal hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in this country, despite
fatal car crashes overall being on the decline.

It can be especially difficult for a family to receive closure, if they
lose a loved one, and no one is held accountable when another person’s
negligence was the reason for their loved one’s death. According to
a recent report, one in five pedestrian fatalities involve hit-and-runs.

If a person is found to be at-fault for an accident, they should be held
accountable for their actions. Many times
drinking is involved in hit-and-run accidents.

Families who lose their loved ones should understand their rights and might
want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Although a person who is accused
of causing another person’s death might face criminal charges, these
charges and even a conviction might do little to help a family.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help a family seek compensation for
the loss of their loved one. Although no amount of compensation can undo
an accident or bring a loved one back, it can help a family pay for monthly
expenses. Normal monthly expenses and long-term financial goals might
be made more difficult after the loss of a family member because of the
loss of their income. An experienced attorney can help the family understand their rights.

Source: USA Today, “Fatal hit-and-run crash on rise in U.S.,” Larry Copeland, Nov. 10, 2013