A hit and run accident in Hendron made national news Tuesday. According to police, a 32-year-old driver was heading south on Sully Road near Frying Pan Road when he got into a crash involving two other vehicles. After the crash, he assaulted one of the drivers and then returned to his pickup and began throwing things onto the road.
The man then took off all his clothes and ran into traffic. He jumped on a passing truck and broke its window, after which he ran away from the scene. Police found him shortly afterward in a drainage ditch on property owned by the nearby airport. They say they don't yet know if he perhaps suffered a medical emergency in the accident or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
Hit and Run Accidents
All traffic accidents are stressful experiences, but hit and run accidents can be especially difficult to deal with. There is often a sense of confusion and uncertainty because the other driver has fled the scene. Unlike the Hendron accident, hit and run drivers are not always so easy to find.
According to statistics compiled by AAA, 11 percent of crashes that get reported to the police are hit and runs. After a person is involved in a hit and run, they have a variety of options. Finding the other driving can help a person recover for their injuries, but there are also other paths to recovery.
Finding the Other Driver
Despite the fact that the other driver has left the scene of the accident, there may still be ways to find them and hold them responsible for the damage that they caused. The immediate aftermath of the accident will likely be hectic for everyone in the car, but the more identifying details that they can gather, the better off they will be. This includes looking for things like the cars make and model, its color, and its license plate number. Additionally, victims of hit and runs should also talk to any pedestrians or other witnesses who may have had a better view of the car to see if they have any information to share.
Modern technology can also help identify hit and run drivers. The proliferation of cell phone cameras means that someone may have been able to take video of the fleeing car. Even if that did not happen, traffic cameras and other nearby security footage may be able to shed light on the hit and run driver's identify.
Police reports can also be a useful way of tracking down the other driver. Many hit and run drivers experience remorse and will eventually turn themselves into the police. This is especially true for hit and run accidents involving alcohol. If a victim files a police report then it can make pairing the hit and run driver to the accident much easier.
Even if the other driver cannot be found, victims still may be able to receive compensation for their injuries. If the victim is insured, then part of that insurance policy may provide “uninsured motorist coverage.” The original idea behind this coverage was that it could help a person if they get into an accident with a person who does not have insurance, but many policies also cover hit and runs.
If you have recently been injured in a hit and run accident, contact a Virginia car accident attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have. We can help you understand your different options for getting the full, fair compensation that you deserve for your injuries.