On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Drinking and driving are well-known to be a deadly combination. Another factor that may play a role in drunk driving accidents is that drunk drivers are more likely than other drivers to leave the scene of a car accident, especially one involving injured victims. That may be because the driver already has a criminal record or past convictions for driving while intoxicated, and the hit-and-run driver hopes to escape criminal responsibility for a repeat drunk-driving offense. Other times, drivers are scared and think that leaving the scene of the accident to protect their own interests is more important than helping their victims. Obviously, leaving the scene of an accident completely disregards the rights of the victims and their need to know who is responsible for their injuries. Thankfully, two passengers that were in a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident were willing to come forward and notify police about the incident. In that case, the driver admittedly had been drinking before he got behind the wheel of his vehicle. He struck two people as they were attempting to push their vehicle off of a highway because it had run out of gas. One of these people, a 47-year-old mother of three, did not survive. Her daughter, who is 16-years-old, suffered an injury to her ankle. In addition, one of the passengers in the driver’s vehicle is believed to have suffered a miscarriage as a result of the accident. Hit-and-run drivers in Oregon, especially those who have been drinking, can be held responsible for the injuries and wrongful deaths they cause. This is why it is so important to use every effort to locate the drivers who have been involved in a hit-and-run crash. Source: Waukesha Patch, “$250K Bail Set for Man Accused of Killing Woman in Car Crash,” Sarah Millard, July 23, 2012