Fatal hit-and-run accidents are reportedly on the rise in the United States according to the latest data available. From 2009 to 2011 the increase of 13.7 percent indicates that more people are driving away from the scenes of accidents. Despite the number of total deaths on the nation's roadways falling over that period, the hit-and-run increase is startling.
When a person is killed in a car accident, their family may be faced with many questions about how the situation happened. If a person flees the scene of the accident, the family may never get the closure they need. If police discover who cause the accident, or who fled the scene, that person might face criminal charges.
However, criminal charges stemming from a car accident might actually do little to help a family who has lost a loved one in a West Virginia car accident. While the person that caused the accident is spending time in jail or prison, the family might be stuck with medical expenses, be unable to pay monthly bills because of a loss of income, and have to grieve the death of their loved one.
While no amount of compensation can undo a car crash, it can help ensure victims of car accidents and their families aren't stuck with financial hardship because of another person's negligence. An experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney can help a victim or their family understand their rights and work to help them seek compensation. This compensation might help pay for any expenses related to an accident.
Source: USA Today, “Fatal hit-and-run crash on rise in U.S.,” Larry Copeland, Nov. 10, 2013