WTKR.com reports that a sailor was struck by a car in Portsmouth, Virginia at the intersection of George Washington Highway and Elm Street while walking back to his barracks. Police say the sailor suffered head lacerations and road rash on his body and they are still trying to locate the driver of the car who left the scene.
Our thoughts are with the sailor and his family at this difficult time. We certainly hope that the driver is found and brought to justice.
Unfortunately, these types of unprovoked accidents are not uncommon. About 11 percent of crashes nationwide involve a hit-and-run driver, according to data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In particular, pedestrians are injured in an estimated 66,000 traffic crashes in the United States. (See: National Highway Traffic Safety Facts)
When anyone suffers serious injuries as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another there are potential legal ramifications. When you are dealing with a hit and run accident and are unable to locate the driver, there are also important insurance questions that personal injury lawyers can help answer.
If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Virginia contact us today. Our firm has experience winning cases for individuals with serious personal injuries as a result of a hit and run accidents. For instance, one of our personal injury lawyers handled a case where a client and her husband were headed out early in the morning to go hunting and a driver run into them head on, and then fled the scene on foot. The firm was able to locate the driver and settled with the insurance company for a sum of over $200,000.
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