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Woman in parked automobile injured in hit-and-run crash

When a Staten Islander is in a car accident, it is expected that the other driver will stop and render aid if it is necessary. At minimum, all drivers involved should remain at the scene to exchange information and wait for police to arrive to file an accident report. Unfortunately, some people in wrecks decide not to stay at the scene and flee. Hit-and-run accidents are made worse when there are injuries or fatalities. Accident investigations will immediately be undertaken by law enforcement after a hit-and-run. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in an automobile accident of this kind must remember their rights and have legal assistance to keep on top of the case.

A woman who works as a school crossing guard was injured as she sat in her vehicle, when it was hit by another driver. The accident happened shortly after 1:20 p.m. as a Nissan Sedan hit the woman's car. The driver of the Nissan then fled the scene. According to witnesses, the driver never stopped to see the condition of the person in the other car. He then returned to the scene about an hour after the crash and was placed under arrest for fleeing the scene of a crash. After being struck, the woman was trapped in the car. When she was freed, she was taken to the hospital for neck pain.

Any car accident can lead to long-term problems for its victims. In some cases, the injuries are obvious with broken bones, lacerations, bruises and more. In others, it might not be as clear. The victim might feel pain in the neck, back or head. There could be internal injuries that are not immediately visible. The more difficult to diagnose injuries can be the most dangerous and do the greatest amount of long-term damage. Any injury can lead to vast medical bills, the inability to work, and problems participating in the same activities that the person once did. There can even be a fatality. Insurers will try to compensate the victim quickly to avoid costly litigation. Accepting a settlement offer is often a mistake because it rarely covers all that was lost.

If you have been injured in a crash with another driver and that driver was at fault, you may wish to speak with an attorney to determine whether a personal injury claim against the other driver may be appropriate.

Source: silive.com, "Grasmere man charged in hit-and-run that injured crossing guard," Mira Wassef, Dec. 9, 2017

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