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

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 personal injury 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

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