A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with leaving an accident with injuries in connection with a crash that injured a pedestrian. The car accident occurred on Fortner Street in Dothan, Alabama, when the driver struck a man who was standing on the right-of-way. The pick-up truck fled the scene as the victim lay on the ground.
According to authorities, the pedestrian suffered multiple injuries; no information has yet been released on the extent of the physical trauma. The suspect is being held on a $2,500 bond. There is also no word from authorities on how they tracked down the suspect, but they did state that they had a description of the vehicle before they made the arrest.
In many hit-and-run cases, the driver is never identified or the police do not have enough information to make an arrest. In these cases, people may be unable to hold the drivers responsible for their injuries accountable. When a driver is identified, the other party may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages from that driver. In many of these cases, the drivers are charged with crimes; however, there does not have to be a criminal charge in order for a victim to file a civil lawsuit.
Victims who have been involved in a hit-and-run accident and have suffered physical or mental damage as a result of the crash may wish to consult personal injury attorneys for advice. In some cases, personal injury attorneys may help these victims hold the negligent drivers responsible for their actions and help the client recover payments for medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
Source: Alabama, "Dothan man accused of hitting pedestrian with vehicle, leaving the scene" Erin Edgemon, March 12, 2013