In many cases, hit-and-run drivers are driving drunk, which is why they flee.
Milwaukee, WI- A hit-and-run accident on the Marquette Interchange left a young woman dead last week. Now, a motorist is facing charges for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident.
The accident occurred in early June around 11:00 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-43, according to Fox 6 Now. The TV-station reports that a 23-year-old woman was dancing in the lanes of travel when she was struck by an oncoming SUV and a second vehicle.
A witness told Fox 6 Now that the SUV came out of nowhere and sped away from the scene. Bystanders offered her assistance and called 911, but the woman didn’t survive the crash. WISN reports that the SUV driver returned to the scene and was later charged with fatal hit-and-run.
It is unclear why the woman was dancing in the middle of the highway. Witnesses stopped to offer assistance, but they couldn’t get her out of the road in time, WISN reported.
Even if the driver in this incident had stayed on the scene, the outcome wouldn’t have been any different. But many lives are lost each year because too many drivers refuse to stay on the scene and get help for the injured. That is why motorists can be charged with a crime for fleeing the scene.
If you happen to have the atrocious luck of hitting something or someone, the worst thing you can do is flee the scene of the collision. Maybe you had a beer with dinner and are afraid of a DUI, or you’re just shocked by what happened. It doesn’t matter. Stop and stay on the scene! You may get into trouble for the accident, but your troubles will be worse if you flee and don’t offer aid to the victims.
Leaving the scene of an accident has significant legal consequences, especially if the accident is fatal. Not only do you face criminal charges, but you also risk taking one more liability if the victim files a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Leaving the scene implies that you were doing something wrong and were afraid of dealing the scene.
If you happen to be the victim of a hit-and-run driver, USAttorneys recommends you speak with an accident lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They will help you investigate and identify the hit-and-run driver, so you know who is responsible for compensating you and your family. If they are unable to identify the responsible driver, a lawyer can help you recover compensation from your car insurance company. They can deftly negotiate and possibly secure a larger settlement than initially offered.
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Sadly, a hit-and-run accident can leave a victim drowning in medical and other accident-related debt. USAttorneys can connect you with a personal injury lawyer in Wisconsin to work on your accident claim and secure a generous settlement. Call a lawyer today and set up a case evaluation.