Though some drivers may panic after being involved in an accident, it is important that all parties involved remain at the scene.
If a driver leaves, he or she could face serious repercussions, including criminal charges. Additionally, the family of any victims of such car or truck accidents may also pursue civil claims against any hit-and-run drivers.
A civil claim could potentially result after a recent accident in Florida. Reports stated that the driver of a tow truck struck a woman who was walking in or near a crosswalk. The driver of the truck reportedly knew he hit someone but did not know what to do. As a result, he fled the scene. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident.
Authorities began investigating the incident, and witnesses described the tow truck involved. The driver of the truck was later identified, and he recently surrendered to police. He is currently being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and at the time of the report, he was still being held on a $50,000 bond.
Hit-and-run truck accidents can sometimes leave more questions than answers, but as this case shows, investigators may be able to find important information to help with the case. As a result, that information may help family members of accident victims pursue civil claims for compensation. Filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered responsible could allow the family of the pedestrian killed in this Florida accident to seek justice and reparations for damages.
Source: sun-sentinel.com, “Davie police: Tow truck driver surrenders after hit-run“, Tonya Alanez, Oct. 4, 2016