When Texas residents lose loved ones in accidents that could have been avoided, they naturally suffer extreme heartache. When the driver who is suspected of causing the loved one's death does not even stop after the accident, the trauma is intensified, and the family may find it difficult to find closure. A driver who committed such an accident may have to face a wrongful death claim once he or she is identified.
Fort Worth police were called to the scene of a hit-and-run accident on a recent Friday evening. A man in his sixties was allegedly knocked down by a pickup truck near an intersection in Fort Worth. The driver was not at the scene when police arrived, and according to the media report, police are looking for a dark-colored pickup truck. The victim was transported to a hospital and was subsequently pronounced dead.
Pedestrians are not likely to be wearing protective clothing, and when they are hit by a vehicle, even if the vehicle is not moving at a high rate of speed, the resulting injuries could be catastrophic. When a driver is involved in an accident, they have a responsibility to stop and check to see whether there are injured victims who may need medical care. Failing to stop may lead to serious charges.
Just because the negligent driver did not stop after hitting a pedestrian and was never caught does not mean that the family of the victim cannot get compensation. They retain the right to pursue restitution by filing a wrongful death claim in a Texas civil court. If negligence on the part of the driver can be proved, the court may award monetary damages to assist the family of the deceased in coping with the high costs of medical and final costs and possibly finding the closure that will allow them to move forward.
Source: star-telegram.com, "Man fatally injured in hit-and-run in east Fort Worth", Bill Miller, April 11, 2014