Police in Shoreline, Washington are searching for the hit-and-run driver of a white van who hit a pedestrian who was crossing Aurora Avenue North near North 145th street in Shoreline, leaving the man critically injured.
The pedestrian accident occurred around 6:45 pm on Monday night. Witnesses described a white full-size Ford or Chevy van with a roof rack as the vehicle that hit the man. Anyone with information about the accident or the driver and his male passenger involved in the accident are asked to call 911. Witnesses said the van also has a broken headlamp.
Drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents face serious consequences. In fact, a person who leaves the scene of an accident may be convicted of a class B or class C felony, resulting in jail time and fines.
Washington state law requires a driver who hits another car or person to stay at the accident scene until medical aid and police have arrived. The driver is legally required to render assistance to any injured party. The driver is also required to provide insurance and driver’s license with the other party in the accident or authorities.
Often, hit-and-run drivers are found when there are eye witnesses to the accident. If the driver is found, they not only face criminal charges but the victim can file a lawsuit in civil court seeking damages. If the person who hit the victim was driving a work vehicle or the accident occurred in the course of their employment, the victim may also be able to seek damages against the vehicle’s owner or employer.
Hit-and Run Accident Auto Accident
If you were involved in a hit-and-run vehicle accident, we don’t recommend that you follow the car that hit you. You might get yourself into a bad situation if you try to confront the person who left the scene. The first thing you should do is call the police and make a report. If you need medical care, you should receive all the care that you require.
After a hit-and-run auto accident, you can make a claim with your insurance company and it should be covered under your uninsured motorist coverage. The police report will be crucial to establishing your claim and can be used as proof that you were actually hit by another vehicle. Some people have been known to hit a fixed object and then try to claim they were hit by and ghost hit-and-run driver.
Once you have filed your claim with your insurance company, you may have to pay a deductible. If the other driver is found and identified, then you can file a claim against their insurance company and you can also file a civil lawsuit seeking damages.
Bellevue Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney
For more than 30 years, Herbert Farber has represented people who have been seriously injured in car accidents in the greater Seattle area and throughout the Pacific Northwest. If you or a loved one is seeking answers to your legal questions, we may be able to help you. Call us at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form if it is after hours. We provide a free and confidential case evaluation with no pressure or obligation. We represent clients on a contingent fee basis; in most cases, you pay no legal fees unless we obtain a settlement for you.
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