Detroit, MI- A Detroit family is in mourning after one of their own was killed in a hit-and-run accident late Saturday night.
WXYZ in Detroit reports that the family was traveling home on Joseph Campau from a Fourth of July gathering around 11 p.m. Saturday night when their sedan was broadsided by GMC SUV that ran a red light at the intersection of Nevada Ave.
A 41-year-old woman was killed instantly. Three passengers in her car, all family members including her husband and daughter, were also injured.
Now, police are trying to locate the SUV driver who fled from the scene. One witness told WXZY that the two women came to the scene and attempted to make the SUV unidentifiable. Police have asked for help locating the driver responsible for this devastating collision.
While fatal traffic accidents overall have been on the decline over the past several years, hit-and-run collisions have been steadily increasing. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal hit-and-run accidents increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. That represents a 13.7 percent increase over a 3-year period and is expected to grow. What’s more, AAA analysis found that 1 in 5 pedestrian fatalities are hit-and-run accidents.
According to AAA, alcohol is a major factor in hit-and-run crashes. An intoxicated driver, fearing the repercussions, will flee the scene of an accident with the belief that they’ll avoid legal trouble. Regrettably, some people do get away with hit-and-run, but many of the drivers are caught and the legal consequences are much harsher than if the negligent driver had just stayed on the scene, as it should be.
It is fortunate for a victim when police identify and charge a hit-and-run driver because then they know who they can pursue for personal injury or wrongful death compensation. If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident in the Detroit area, you are urged to contact an accident attorney near you to discuss your options for obtaining an accident settlement that will cover your medical expenses and other costs along with damages for your mental anguish.
Hopefully, police will be able to locate the hit-and-run driver responsible for the Detroit accident but, if they are not able to, it doesn’t mean the victim won’t be able to seek compensation. When a hit-and-run driver cannot be located, a victim will have to file a claim with their insurer which presents many of the same challenges as recovering compensation from a reckless driver.
If you are in Michigan and need the best personal injury attorney, USAttorneys can help you get in touch with one today. Our accident attorneys will approach your case with compassion and tenacity so that you get the very best settlement possible. They will stand by your and your family from beginning to end and will use their comprehensive knowledge to ensure you and your loved ones are awarded a settlement that reflects the pain and suffering you have endured.

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