On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
Following a hit-and-run accident, serious injury or death may result because the driver involved in the incident left without helping those injured or calling 911. A man was recently hit and killed by a driver in Portland. Police are looking for a white 1992 to 1996 Econoline van that they believe was involved in the hit-and-run accident that killed the 56-year old man. Police said that the van has frontend damage to the grill. The victim died after being taken to a local hospital. The victim lived near the accident and was crossing the roadway diagonally when he was struck. Of the six traffic fatalities in Portland in 2013, this was the third pedestrian death. The investigation is ongoing. If a party is injured by a driver who fails to stop or leave insurance information, options are still available to the victim. Drivers involved in traffic accidents are required to remain at the scene until it is appropriate to leave, based on the circumstances of the particular accident. Failure to leave insurance information can be serious. Hit-and-run drivers who have hit a person face serious criminal and civil penalties, if identified. If the driver is not found, however, hit-and-run accident victims still have legal options available to help them pay for any expenses resulting from their injuries. Those in this situation may be entitled to compensation from their own insurance company. This is also the case if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured. Even if a party is injured or killed by a hit-and-run driver, legal options may be available to the victim or the victim’s family members to ensure the victims does not suffer further injury financially or emotionally. It is important to understand these options and how the legal process can help. Source: The Oregonian, “Portland police seek white Ford Econoline van in pedestrian death,” Feb. 14, 2013