When something frightening happens to someone, their fight-or-flight instinct kicks in. In the moment, their only thought is to confront the danger or escape it.
This can also happen when the person caused the danger themselves, such as in a car accident. Hit and run car accidents happen all the time in the Greater Rochester metro area. Drivers panic and try to escape before the police arrive. Unfortunately, their victims often pay the price for these driver’s urge to avoid taking responsibility for their negligent actions.
That is because, in many cases, the driver is the only other person at the scene. If the injured person is unconscious or unable to call for help, the driver could be the only person able to do so. If the motorist flees, the victim may have to wait until someone else happens upon the scene. Every second and minute count after an auto accident. By delaying the victim’s access to medical care, a hit-and-run driver could make their injuries worse, or possibly cost the victim their life.
Pedestrian hit by car that drove away
In a local example, a Rochester woman recently was hit by a car while crossing the street. The car did not stop. Fortunately, the woman survived. She underwent surgery and was able to walk a few steps afterward.
The hit-and-run driver was not identified as of June 22. The pedestrian’s mother called on the driver to turn themselves in. She said her daughter “has no hatred in her heart” and is focused on her physical recovery.
The consequences of a hit-and-run crash
Without knowing the woman’s prognosis, it is possible that she will have difficulty walking for a long time. She could be living with severe and constant pain. Someone in this situation should not have to pay for the medical bills and lost wages for which a hit-and-run driver is responsible.
A personal injury attorney’s role is to be your courtroom advocate and legal advisor after an auto accident. You should choose a lawyer with experience handling car accidents, can explain the process to you in plain language, and keeps in regular contact.