When a driver causes an accident by colliding with another vehicle, piece of property, or individual and then flees the scene without providing their personal information, a hit and run accident has taken place. Because these accidents can often leave victims with collecting compensation after they take place, those who are responsible should be held accountable.
According to a recent local news report, a 26-year-old man was recently struck and killed by a car. Maryland State Police are investigating the incident, which took place shortly after 3:15am when troopers were called in after a report of a person in the roadway and an overturned vehicle. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities located a pedestrian in the roadway, who was later pronounced dead.
Based on a preliminary investigation, authorities believe that the 26-year-old man was pulled over on the shoulder and outside of his vehicle when the crash occurred. A Chevy Silverado then struck the man and his vehicle, causing the Chevy to overturn and cross two lanes of traffic before the driver was able to escape. Witnesses at the scene provided a description of the at-fault party and claimed that the driver of the overturned vehicle fled the area on foot. The suspect was located 40 minutes after the accident and was taken into custody. Investigators believe that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident.
Hit and run accidents take place with greater frequency than you may expect and have been increasing steadily in prevalence since 2016. In fact, based on recent research, a hit and run crash takes place every minute in the United States. Although not every hit and run collision ends with a fatality, the majority of victims in these accidents are bikers or pedestrians, who are more susceptible to significant injury.
Unfortunately, Maryland is no stranger to these accidents and has extensive laws on hit and run accidents. In collisions where there is property damage, injury, or death, Maryland drivers are required to provide reasonable assistance to the injured person, call 911 for assistance or medical care, provide their personal information to the other parties involved in the accident and to the responding officer at the scene, and to immediately report the accident if the other party or parties are not available to receive their information.
If you were recently involved in a Maryland hit and run accident, you may be able to recover some compensation by filing an insurance claim if the at-fault party is unable to be located. Your insurance policy may cover some damages, but not all. Because every Maryland driver is required to have uninsured/underinsured coverage, depending on the extent of your injuries or the property damage sustained, you may be eligible to recover some compensation.
Do You Need a Maryland Hit-And-Run Accident Attorney?
If you or someone you know was recently injured or killed in a Maryland car accident, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen for assistance. Our lawyers have years of experience recovering compensation on behalf of our clients and will be proud to provide you with the skill, support, and diligence you need to proceed with your legal claim with ease. To schedule a free initial consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.