On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Friday, February 15, 2013.
The investigation into the recent death of an Oregon teen has led to officials offering a reward to the public. The hit-and-run accident occurred just before 8:00 p.m. in the evening and claimed the life of an 18-year-old from Aloha, Oregon. The victim was found laying face down on the side of the road when officers arrived. He was dead at the scene. Police have released information supporting their belief that the hit-and-run vehicle that struck the boy likely sustained damage to its passenger-side windshield. Authorities have also determined that the vehicle responsible for hitting the teen was teal or turquoise in color. A $1,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads to an arrest in the case. In some states there is a presumption that a driver who strikes a pedestrian or a bicyclist is at fault in the accident. This presumption can, however, be overcome if the driver establishes negligence (fault) or a violation of the law on the part of the pedestrian or bicyclist. This might include a case in which the pedestrian walked in the roadway instead of a crosswalk. Different types of compensation sources may be available to victims or their family members depending on whether the accident was a no-fault accident on the part of the pedestrian or if it was a hit-and-run accident and the negligent driver has not been located. There are important steps to follow if a driver has hit another car or another person. It is important to remain at the scene until it is acceptable to leave, which may vary based on the nature of the accident. In any event, drivers must stop if they are in involved in an accident to exchange information or to render aid or assistance. Failure to do so may lead to criminal and civil penalties as a hit-and-run driver. In addition, failure to leave insurance information can have consequences as well. Pedestrians and bicyclists injured by a vehicle may be able to recover compensation for any injuries they sustained. In addition, recovering compensation to cover injuries might also be possible even in hit-and-run cases. Source: Oregonlive.com, “Reward offered in Beaverton fatal hit-and-run crash that killed Aloha teen,” Rebecca Woolington, Feb. 6, 2013