On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Friday, April 5, 2013.
Hit and run victims enjoy several legal options when harmed by a negligent driver. Police are looking for a man and a vehicle they believe were involved in a recent neighboring Oregon City hit and run accident. The hit and run accident injured a 5-year old girl. Police say the man was driving a silver BMW which was turning left when it collided with another car. Police say that, as a result, the car has extensive front-end damage. The mother of the injured child, who was driving the other car, was not injured but the child was brought to a Portland hospital with an injury. It is important following a car or other traffic accident that those involved do not leave the scene of the accident until it is appropriate that they do so. It may be that the circumstances of each accident determine when it is appropriate to leave. Even if only property damage has resulted, it is important to leave insurance information at the scene. Failure to leave insurance information can be serious. Especially when someone has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, it is never appropriate to leave immediately and those that do not remain at the scene can face serious criminal penalties as a hit and run driver. Hit and run drivers can also face civil liability for the injuries they cause. If a hit and run driver is identified and was negligent in causing injury to another in a hit and run accident, the driver can face liability to compensate the victim for the injuries the victim suffered as a result of the accident. Even if the driver is not identified, victims can still receive compensation through uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance coverage. Hit and run accidents are serious and can mean serious consequences and liability to drivers. Perhaps more importantly, the law offers many options to victims to ensure they are properly compensated. Source: The Oregonian, “Police search for vehicle, suspect after Saturday hit-and-run,” Heather Steeves, March 22, 2013.