This week in LaPorte County, a 25-year-old pedestrian was struck by two different vehicles, both of which left the scene of the deadly pedestrian accident. The first car struck the pedestrian on Highway 20 as he walked along the shoulder of the road, while the second car struck him as he lay in the road and a passer-by was attempting to save his life.
Hit-and-run accidents, our Michigan auto accident lawyer explains, often leave pedestrians with serious, life-long injuries, and that's if they survive. In too many cases, it's not uncommon for a pedestrian will be left on the side of the road with life-threatening injuries as the driver of the car flees from the scene of the crime without stopping to help or call for emergency assistance.
In almost all states, including Michigan, leaving the scene of a pedestrian accident or a car accident without rendering aid is considered a felony. The majority of times hit-and-run drivers flee the scene of the accident is because they are also guilty of other illegal activities, such as driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and/or possibly having a warrant out for their arrest.
Unfortunately, for those seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, it is often difficult to recover damages from the person who was responsible for your pedestrian accident. If police and local authorities are unable to locate the person who hit you, they are also unable to locate the person who is responsible for your medical bills and other compensation. Also, those who run from accidents are often uninsured, making collecting damages even harder.
Were you injured in a Michigan pedestrian accident?
No matter the circumstances surrounding your hit-and-run pedestrian injury case, you should always speak with a Michigan attorney that has experience with trying and winning pedestrian accident claims.
Our Michigan office is located in St. Joseph and offers FREE consultations to injured people who were struck by a cart while they were on foot. There is never a charge for any of the work we don on your behalf unless we make a recovery from the insurance company.