It’s hard to know what goes on in the mind of a person who hits another car, possibly injuring or killing another human being, and then flees the scene. It’s even more baffling when the perpetrator’s judgment isn’t impaired by alcohol or drugs.
That’s what the Washington State Patrol is saying happened May 1 in Pasco. The first car accident occurred on Interstate 182 around Orange Street a little after 6 p.m. The man was traveling east down the interstate when the pickup truck he was driving struck a car, causing minor injuries to the other driver.
After fleeing the scene of that crime, he proceeded down the same highway and collided with another vehicle, a pickup truck. The impact caused the vehicle to flip, injuring the driver of the other pickup, who was then rushed to Lourdes Medical Center.
Police caught up with the man on U.S. 12 a little while later and determined that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the accidents.
The suspect did not sustain an injury in either crash.
Often, people struggle to know whether their accident qualifies them to file a personal injury claim. They may incorrectly assume that there’s nothing that can be done except to call their insurance company and try to recover any medical expenses and damages to the car.
If the other driver was reckless or acting negligently, as was the case with this hit-and-run, they may have a case. Talking to a personal injury lawyer is the best way to determine if you can file a claim for compensation for injuries, lost wages or any pain and suffering the accident may have caused.
Source: keprtv.com, “WSP: Selah man involved in two Pasco hit-and-run crashes,” May 2, 2014