Police have reported that a suspected hit-and-run driver who was involved in two separate accidents has been caught. The first crash occurred at Dean Martin Drive and West Cactus Avenue when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee hit a school bus, then left the scene. This incident occurred shortly after 9:30 am. The second crash involving the same driver occurred on Interstate 15 just before 10 a.m. near St. Rose Parkway. The Jeep Cherokee was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed when it hit the back of a water truck. The Nevada Highway Patrol stated that both drivers were taken to the hospital.
How Personal Injury Compensation is Affected By Hit-and-Run Drivers
When an accident occurs, all drivers have certain duties they must perform. First, the drivers must remain at the scene. If anyone was injured in the accident, an uninjured driver should alert emergency services. Whether or not emergency services are needed, it is necessary for those involved in the accident to exchange contact and insurance information.
If someone fails to remain at the scene and help injured victims or exchange information, that person is considered a hit-and-run driver. This is true whether they are actually at fault for the accident or not. Attempting to leave the scene can result in a hit-and-run charge, even if the person trying to flee is unsuccessful.
If the hit-and-run driver is not caught by police, the victim will have to seek compensation from his or her own insurance company. Under uninsured motorist coverage, the insurance company will stand in place of the unidentified driver and pay damages. If the driver is caught by police, it is possible the victim can recover damages.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are a special type of compensation that are used as a punishment for the at-fault driver. It is usually a large amount of money that must be paid by someone who intentionally or recklessly causes harm. When someone fails to stop and help at the scene of an accident, particularly one with serious injuries, the court may order that person to pay punitive damages as punishment for this behavior. This special type of punishment is meant to show others what happens when people act in this inexcusable manner. Punitive damages are given on top of other damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I Am Suing a Hit-and-Run Driver?
While hit-and-run cases may seem black and white, they can be extremely complicated. No matter what type of personal injury case you are facing, it is best to move forward with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney by your side like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We will help you build a solid case and seek the maximum amount of damages we can recover. Give us a call today for a free initial consultation.