Car accidents are often associated with severe injuries and fatalities. Here in Dallas, Texas, local residents understand that they can be compensated for their injuries if the accident was a result of the negligence of another person. In a fatal car accident, the driver who caused the crash could face civil and criminal liabilities. However, such legal actions will not progress if the responsible driver has not been apprehended by the police. This was the case in Arlington where a 20-year-old student was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Based on a report, the victim was heading to her apartment when a car struck her. The accident happened on Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard at approximately 8:15 p.m.. The driver fled the scene of the crash.
Hit-and-run accidents are devastating occurrences and they are illegal. In many cases, victims are left severely injured or dying on the street because the driver who caused the crash did not stop to help the accident victim. Such cases require a thorough investigation to identify responsible drivers. In the event of a fatality, the family of the deceased accident victim has to wait until the driver is apprehended. To expedite the investigation, the family may also wish to hire private investigators, accident reconstructionists and forensic experts. Once the driver is apprehended, the family of the deceased person can file a wrongful death claim, which is the most appropriate legal action for someone who has lost a loved due to the recklessness, misconduct or negligence of another person.
Car accidents can give rise to various legal actions, although they are not limited to wrongful death lawsuits. Each lawsuit depends on the circumstances of the crash. Car accidents that result in serious personal injury can result in a personal injury claim. An experienced attorney can sometimes make the path of legal action less stressful to handle.
Source: Dallasnews.com, "Clues sought in hit-and-run that killed UT-Arlington student," Naheed Rajwani, Jan. 21, 2015