Victims involved in traffic accidents should remember that they have many options. A recent Portland hit and run accident resulted in serious injuries to the victim. The hit and runaccident left the female victim with a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs and a broken leg, as well as other injuries. The woman says that she is in “excruciating pain” and was struck while crossing the street after getting off of the bus. Witnesses said that the woman flew in the air and landed on the hood of the car. Though he attempted to flee the scene, the driver was tackled by witnesses and restrained. He is facing hit and run and DUI charges. It is always important that any party involved in a motor vehicle accident, especially one that has caused bodily injury or death, remain at the scene of the accident following it. Parties may need to provide important information to other parties to the accident or police. Sometimes an investigation will be conducted and failure to leave insurance information can be serious. It is important not to depart the scene of an accident until it is appropriate to do so. Failure to remain at the scene can result in serious criminal and civil penalties similar to engaging in drunk driving which can also result in both criminal and civil penalties. Those injured by a hit and run or drunk driver may wish to seek damages for serious injury or other harm suffered as a result of the party’s careless actions. When a hit and run driver cannot be located or identified, a victim may still be facing serious, and painful, injuries and medical expenses. Typically, victims can still receive compensation for injuries through an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy claim. When the driver can be identified, such a drunk driver, the victim can pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent driver to recover damages. Hit and run accident victims can be left with serious injuries and trauma. Because of this, there are options available to seek compensation for the damages victims have suffered. Source: KATU.com, “Victim of hit-and-run crash: ‘I started crying because it was real’,” Don Cassuto, April 6, 2013.