Leaving the scene of a serious crash could cause considerable legal complications for those deserting parties. More importantly, however, when individuals leave crash sites, they may leave behind seriously injured parties who need medical attention. If a passenger is injured in a car accident in which the driver flees, considering legal action may not be unwarranted.
One family in Georgia may be exploring their legal options after a recent crash. Reports stated that the incident involved only one vehicle, and it was occupied by an adult male driver and a 7-year-old girl. Apparently, authorities tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away and took an exit off the interstate. After exiting, the vehicle crashed. The child was ejected from the car during the incident.
The driver left the scene on foot and left the injured child behind. Reports stated that the man was the boyfriend of the young girl’s mother. Her grandmother stated that the girl is making progress though she did suffer a serious injury. At the time of the report, the driver had not yet been apprehended.
The family of the young Georgia girl are undoubtedly grateful that the car accident did not have more tragic results. However, they are likely shocked the man would leave the child in such vulnerable position. When police locate the man, the family may wish to file a personal injury claim against the driver in order to seek compensation for the girl’s injuries and other damages resulting from the crash and his further negligence.
Source: cbs46.com, “Child thrown from car after Dekalb County crash”, Ashley Thompson, Jan. 30, 2017