Police tracked down the driver of a tractor trailer that allegedly was involved in the fatality of a Clarksville Tennessee Street Department worker. The accident happened around 10:42 a.m. at College Street and Riverside Drive, when the tractor trailer, turned from Riverside onto College when it hit the on-duty worker and then drove away.
Clarkesville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police worked together to get warrants and retrieve the tractor trailer and take it to Kentucky for processing. Police determined that the trailer was involved in the accident that killed the Clarkesville man.
The driver claims he wasn’t aware that he hit anyone, and so far police have not made any arrests or presented any charges.
Hit-and-Run Fatality Claims
When a hit-and-run driver leaves the scene of an accident, it complicates an already bad situation. In many cases, the injured person is delayed help which may result in more severe injuries. In cases where the victim is killed, not knowing who the driver is can work to deny compensation to the family of the loved one that died.
Wrongful Death and Hit-and-Run
If the victim dies, then those family members can sue for what’s called a wrongful death. This is a civil claim made on the person responsible for the death of the victim and made by those family members who have survived the deceased.
When the at-fault driver is unknown, this makes it difficult if not impossible for the survivors to make their claim. In some cases, the deceased’s own auto insurance might pay for some of all of the damages, but that depends on the type of insurance coverage he or she had.
In some cases, the drive who killed the victim might be located but from another state. This can create some difficulties in what’s called jurisdiction, which is the authority of a particular court to hear certain types of civil cases.
Should I Get an Attorney?
When issues of jurisdiction and wrongful death come up, it’s best to talk to an attorney who knows the laws of jurisdiction, insurance and personal injury. Doing otherwise will put you at the mercy of an insurance company who would like nothing more than to pay you little or no compensation.
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we offer a free consultation where we advise you of your rights and evaluate your case. While money alone does not put make the person whole again, dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of a traumatic accident is made more difficult as the financial losses add up creating more anxiety and stress.
Call the attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, and they will stand behind you to make sure that you are treated fairly and that you get the highest compensation allowed by the law.