Whenever a hit-and-run driver strikes anyone in Washington state, the chances of recovering damages depend on the ability of law enforcement to locate the driver. This came to play in a recent case in which a hit-and-run driver gave himself up to law enforcement. It might make it easier for the pedestrian who was struck to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Reportedly, the 37-year-old man who surrendered was arrested on charges of vehicular assault and leaving a crash scene where injuries occurred. He was allegedly also driving on a suspended license and in violation of probation. Court documents indicate that this man, along with three more, left a bowling alley in the early morning hours of Dec. 29. Surveillance footage shows them driving off without turning on the car's headlights, and witnesses reported seeing this vehicle strike a pedestrian in a nearby intersection.
Reportedly, the pedestrian suffered head lacerations and a fractured leg. Police reports indicate that one of the passengers who was in the car at the time of the accident called police on Jan. 9 to report that his friend was the one who had struck the pedestrian. He also provided the address at which law enforcement later located the sedan. The car showed some damage, but reportedly, some repairs had been done.
All this information and evidence could assist the injured victim who might decide to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. An experienced Washington personal injury attorney can help with the navigation of the legal proceedings. Documented claims for damage recovery typically include medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial and emotional damages.