On behalf of Frederick & Hagle posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, May 26, 2016.of
When a driver does not stay at the scene of an accident, the situation may become complicated for everyone involved. A hit-and-run accident that leads to a fatality may cause surviving family members of the victim to feel at a loss for how the situation could be handled. While authorities work to locate the driver who fled the scene, the family may wish to consider their legal options in preparation for potential civil legal action.
It was recently reported that a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian recently took place in Illinois. The pedestrian was reported as being a 19-year-old female, and it is unclear whether she was attempting to cross a street, in a crosswalk or walking along the roadway at the time of the accident. The driver of the vehicle did not remain on the scene.
The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Authorities have identified her, but any information aside from her age had not been disclosed at the time of the report. Authorities are continuing to investigate and search for the driver involved in the fatal event.
The family of the victim undoubtedly hope that police apprehend the driver in a timely manner. When that occurs, the family may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the hit-and-run driver. Information on taking such action may help them determine whether they would like to follow such a route in order to potentially obtain compensation for funeral expenses, emotional challenges and other damages permissible under Illinois law.
Source: jg-tc.com, “Police seeking information on driver involved with fatal hit-and-run“, Rob Stroud, May 15, 2016
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