Hit-and-run accidents are becoming all too common around the country and in Alabama. There are many reasons why people flee the scene of an accident, but none of those reasons can justify leaving a fellow human being to die. Hit-and-run accidents can cause serious injuries and even death resulting in hardships on the families involved.
Recently an unidentified driver fled the scene of an accident that left one man dead. Witnesses stated that a person driving a SUV ran over a motorcyclist that had been sitting at a red light seconds before. The SUV not only hit the motorcyclist, but witnesses say he was also run over by the vehicle. Local authorities are still actively investigating the incident.
Based on a tip, authorities located a vehicle they believe is the one involved in this accident. Unfortunately, police have been unable to make contact with the person listed as the owner of the vehicle. While talking to the media, family members pleaded with the unidentified SUV driver to turn in himself or herself. The family members expressed their pain, sorrow and they did not understand why the driver left the scene of the fatal accident.
Hit-and-run accidents are oftentimes fatal and can happen to anyone, at any time. Accidents like this can cause family members and loved ones great hardships, both emotionally and financially. Under the laws of the state of Alabama, families that have lost a loved one are able to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible in order to recover the financial losses incurred as a result of the accident. Money can never replace a loved one, but it can help a family gain some closure.
Source: , Shelbyville police seeking driver in fatal hit-and-run crash, No author, Sept. 2, 2013