With restaurants, shopping centers and other attractions nearby, the number of pedestrians tends to be much greater in urban areas and large cities. Choosing to get around town without using a motor vehicle can ease some of the traffic on the roadways. However, this mode of transportation also necessitates that both drivers and pedestrians remain cognizant of their surroundings. A recent Tennessee hit-and-run car accident resulting in possible wrongful death reminds motorists of this fact.
The collision occurred early one Sunday morning when a woman crossing the street was struck by a motor vehicle. The impact of the crash proved to be fatal, as she was unable to overcome the injury that it caused. The driver allegedly responsible fled the scene of the accident before authorities arrived. Fortunately, officials were able to develop a description of the vehicle through pieces that remained at the scene and a witness statement.
Officers located the vehicle the next day and impounded it. Later, the alleged responsible party contacted authorities to get his car back and reportedly admitted to driving the car at the time of the accident. He is currently facing several charges, including driving without a license and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving death. His bond is set at over $14,000.
This victim's family members have the right to file civil claims for her wrongful death in this heartbreaking hit-and-run accident. While taking action cannot bring back their loved one, if successfully litigated, these claims can give the family a sense of comfort in their grief and provide possible financial compensation for end-of-life expenses. Legal professionals in Tennessee can assist families like this one after car accidents involving personal injury or death.
Source: wkrn.com, "Man charged in fatal south Nashville hit-and-run crash", Julie Edwards, Dec. 28, 2016