When it’s dark outside, it is necessary to be more cautious behind the wheel to avoid hitting another car or a pedestrian or others in the roadway. Pedestrians in West Virginia are particularly susceptible to injuries or death caused by a vehicle because they simply have nothing to shield them from the force of an oncoming automobile. Monetary compensation certainly can’t bring back a loved one killed in a pedestrian vs. car crash, but it can help the family to experience a sense of closure in a challenging situation.

This appears to be the scenario that one family in West Virginia is facing after a hit-and-run accident. A 19-year-old man was driving a friend’s vehicle when he apparently struck someone. He then fled the scene, police said.

The man whom he struck, a 37-year-old, may have fallen in the roadway before the accident took place. This man died as a result of the collision. The driver who reportedly hit him has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Police continued to investigate the accident.

A police investigation might reveal who was at fault in this accident. If the man who police said struck the pedestrian is deemed to have caused the car crash, he might face a liability claim in a West Virginia civil courtroom. A wrongful death claim must be based upon evidence that the driver was negligent in a way that caused or contributed to the fatal accident. If the driver is convicted on his hit-and-run charge, evidence of this may further be offered in a related civil proceeding to try to prove his financial responsibility in the accident situation. Financial restitution from a successfully fought case can help to cover end-of-life expenses, loss of support and other losses tied to the crash.

Source: wboy.com, “UPDATE: Police Arrest Man in Connection With Fatal Hit-and-Run“, Lauren Talotta, March 30, 2014