Auto accidents that involve pedestrians can result in some of the worst injuries imaginable. Massachusetts automobile drivers must give pedestrians the right of way. If they fail to do so and a pedestrian is injured in an accident as a result, then the injured person may be able to file a personal injury claim against them.
Recently, a 24-year-old woman struck a 75-year-old pedestrian with her car in Peabody, Massachusetts. As of Aug. 11, the elderly woman was said to be in critical condition. She was still being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for serious injuries.
Police claim that the elderly woman bounced off the front of the car. After striking the pedestrian, the young woman allegedly drove home. Later, she walked to a police station close to her house, where she admitted to hitting the woman and fleeing the scene of the accident. Her car was later taken to the police station as evidence.
Following her confession to the hit-and-run, the driver is to be summoned to a court hearing. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. When a Massachusetts pedestrian is injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, that person may have the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver. In this case, the fact that the woman fled the scene of the accident and has been accused of hit-and-run will likely serve to bolster the victim's claim for personal injury damages should she wish to pursue such a claim.
Source: wcvb.com, "Danvers woman to be charged in hit-and-run," Samara Abramson, Aug. 12, 2013