Are Hit and Runs Trending in South Bend?
A young driver struck and killed a 61-year-old South Bend man in early October while traveling in the westbound lane of Brick Road, just after 7 a.m. Several witnesses informed crash investigators that the vehicle responsible for hitting the man was driven by a younger man and was carrying a female passenger. The car was seen speeding moments before the crash and again away from the scene. Both the 22-year-old driver and 19-year-old passenger were caught and soon after charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a felony. The passenger was charged with one count of assisting a criminal since she initially told the County Metro Homicide Unit that she was the one driving at the time of the crash to protect the driver who was operating without a license. Regardless of whether or not a cyclist is wearing a helmet and undertakes safety precautions, riders are never on an even playing field with motor vehicles. Cyclists are physically vulnerable to accidents because of their exposure and the lack of protective framing provided to drivers and passengers in cars and trucks.
This is the second time our car accident team has reviewed a tragic hit and run accident report from South Bend in the last 30 days. In September, a 54-year-old man was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle while walking near Bowman in South Bend. The County Fatal Crash Team responded to the evening incident and determined the pedestrian was walking between the curb and the bike lane line when he was struck from behind.
Leaving the scene of a hit and run accident, especially when there is an injury or death involved, is an illegal, terrible, and cowardly act. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all hit and run victims.
Families of Hit and Run Victims Have Rights
If a driver causes an accident with a pedestrian, bicyclist, another car, or a fixed object and then leaves the scene without stopping to render aid, this is called a hit and run. Intersections and walkways pose the most common injury risk to pedestrians and bicyclists involved in a hit and run. The cause of this type of crash is often due to reckless drivers failing to make a full stop, driving while distracted, or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
When the person hit is fatally injured as a result of the collision and the driver is identified and proven to be negligent, the family of a victim may be entitled to significant damages that can provide financial stability during a time of great physical and emotional challenge. A wrongful death lawsuit can allow surviving family members to obtain compensation for:
- Lost financial support
- Lost household services
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of love, care & affection
- Medical expenses
- Funeral & burial expenses
- Lawyer fees related to bringing a lawsuit
The most common types of personal injury wrongful deaths are those that result from car accidents as a result of the fault or negligence of another party. If the driver of a vehicle responsible for the hit and run is identified, they are likely to be found responsible for the crash.
Wagner Reese Attorneys Hold Hit and Run Drivers Accountable
At Wagner Reese, we work with the families of victims involved in deadly hit and run accidents. Our experienced attorneys have helped recover millions of dollars for families of those who have lost their lives as the result of the wrongdoing of a driver who then cowardly, fled the scene. Whether you yourself were seriously injured in a hit and run wreck or a loved one was involved in a fatal accident, we can help.
Give us a call today at 888-710-9377 to schedule a free consultation or speak with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information.