Sadly, there are an estimated 700,000 hit-and-run accidents each year in the United States. These accidents have resulted in thousands of innocent victims being injured and killed.
Unfortunately, in many cases, drivers who are responsible for hit-and-run crimes are never found, but in cases when drivers are located, they face rigid criminal penalties.
Tragically, on August 24, a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Middle Township killed one man and injured another. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the crash occurred on Route 47 at around 1:10 a.m. The paper reported that a vehicle driven by Kristen Schwakoff, 25, struck Ryan Burton, 25, of Whitesboro, and Samuel Caraballo, III, 21, of Woodbine.
Caraballo died on August 31 after battling catastrophic injuries. Burton was taken to an area-hospital following the crash and later released.
Schwakoff initially tried to leave the scene of the accident, but good samaritans followed her and honked their horns at her until she stopped. The impact from the crash allegedly was so severe that it caused Caraballo to land in the back of Schwakoff’s vehicle.
Schwakoff was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury, but additional charges could be filed due to Caraballo’s death. The accident remains under investigation.
How Do I Hold a Hit-and-Run Driver Responsible for my Accident?
Remember, if the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident is apprehended, in addition to criminal charges, he or she could he held liable civilly for causing someone’s injuries or death.
While this accident remains under investigation, many hit-and-run accidents occur because of drunk driving and/or distracted driving. Often, drivers who are in the act of driving negligently leave the scene of accidents because of the fear that they will face stiff penalties. Sadly, leaving the scene of a crash only adds to these penalties and should not be looked at as a viable option.
When you leave the scene of an accident, your failure to act could cost someone his or her life. Do not do this. You have a duty to stay at the scene of any crash and provide assistance.
If you have been injured or have had a loved one killed in a hit-and-run car accident, our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Call us today so that we may investigate your case. You should not have to suffer because another driver decided to commit a crime.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: 60 percent of fatal hit-and-run accidents involve pedestrian victims.