Hit-and-run car accidents are dangerous incidents in which the parties that caused the collisions leave the scenes without stopping to assess the damage that they have caused or to render aid to anyone who may have been harmed by the actions. They can happen between vehicles as well as between vehicles and bicycles or vehicles and pedestrians. A recent Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident had a tragic ending when the responsible driver fled and the victim died.
The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning in York County. The victim was identified as a 29-year-old man. A party uninvolved with the crash found the victim but the responsible driver was gone when they arrived. The victim had succumbed to his injuries when the third party arrived.
Police will likely search for the responsible driver so that any applicable criminal charges may be assessed against them and so that justice may be served for their reprehensible conduct. The identification of the driver may also allow the relatives of the deceased victim to begin a civil claim against them for the losses they sustained from the victim's death.
When a person dies due to the actions of another it is, in some cases, possible for surviving relatives and personal representatives of the victim to seek compensation through wrongful death legal claims. Wrongful death claims can compensate those who have lost loved ones to negligence and recklessness and that compensation may be used to cover the victims' funeral costs, accident-related medical expenses and the survivors' pain and suffering.
This tragedy highlights the fact that dangerous accidents happen on Pennsylvania roads each and every day. Those victims who suffer losses in these preventable incidents are encouraged to preserve their legal rights and to speak with attorneys about their legal matters.
Source: abc27.com, "UPDATE: Fatal hit-and-run victim identified," Matt Sirkot, Jan 7, 2018