For Texans who are involved in a car accident, it is a legal requirement that they stop and remain at the scene. This is to exchange insurance information if there are no serious injuries and to call for help if there are. Unfortunately, some people decide not to remain at the scene after a crash and turn it into a hit-and-run. These accidents are made worse when there are injuries and fatalities. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal car crash in which there was a driver who fled the scene must make certain to protect themselves by considering a wrongful death lawsuit.
A car accident led to the death of a 62-year-old grandfather and the vehicle that is believed to have caused it fled the scene. The accident happened at close to 9:30 p.m. when a white vehicle went through a red light and hit the car that the 62-year-old was driving. According to law enforcement, the fleeing driver is believed to have been injured. The man who died was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He had three children and four grandchildren. He was heading home when the crash occurred. The man died at the scene. Police are seeking the driver who went through the light.
An unexpected death in a traffic accident is bad enough, but when the driver who ignored a traffic signal and is believed to have been responsible for the crash flees, it is significantly more difficult. The family left behind has a great deal to consider. That includes funeral costs, of course. But it will also involve other factors such as the contribution the decedent had to the family, lost income, lost companionship and more. It is a difficult situation in a financial and emotional way. While a legal filing cannot bring the person back, it can help with compensation for various losses and pain and suffering.
With this accident, it is even more imperative that the family have legal assistance as it is a hit-and-run that is still being investigated. Law enforcement will seek the driver, but an attorney can keep on top of the case and ensure all bases are covered simultaneous to protecting the interests of the man’s family. Since he was a grandfather and was important to his family, the loved ones should consider a lawsuit to be compensated.
Source: FOX 4 News, “Hit-and-run driver flees after killing beloved grandfather,” Jan. 4, 2018