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Pedestrian suffers life threatening injuries in hit and run

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When an auto accident in Virginia involves a vehicle and a pedestrian, the driver is expected to stay at the scene, see if the pedestrian is injured and provide assistance if necessary. If the driver does not do this, it can lead to criminal charges. For the victim in a hit and run car crash, the identity of the driver is important for insurance purposes and to file a lawsuit, if need be. The person who was hurt and that person's family members need to be cognizant of how the investigation into the hit and run is proceeding so they are prepared to file a claim seeking compensation.

A 58-year-old man was injured in a hit and run auto accident recently. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at shortly before 6:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found the man and set about transporting him to the hospital. His injuries are considered to be life threatening. In the immediate aftermath of the collision there was an active search for the vehicle and its driver. The vehicle is believed to be a Honda Civic Hybrid from the years 2003 to 2005, painted light blue or silver. As a result of the impact, the vehicle is thought to have damage to the driver's side bumper and door.

Whether the accident is a hit and run or the driver stays at the scene, the concerns when there is a crash involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle will be the same. If the person survives, there will be medical costs for treatment that might include a long hospital stay, surgery, rehabilitation and more. The victim might not be able to return to functioning as normal. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will have to consider how they are going to pay the bills and move forward after the emotional reaction to such a stunning turn of events. No matter the outcome, they usually need to have a full accident investigation with their interests in mind for a legal case to receive compensation.

In this incident, law enforcement is seeking the driver that fled the scene after hitting a pedestrian. Since this case is still fluid, it is imperative for the family of the man to protect themselves no matter the outcome of the investigation.

Source: nbc29.com, "HPD Investigating Hit and Run," Nov. 14, 2016

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