Deadly Hit-and-Run in Dry Ridge

by | Apr 4, 2022 | Car Accidents

Investigators have few clues after a hit-and-run driver fatally struck a pedestrian. The coroner needed almost twenty-four hours to identify the body.

They know the wreck occurred on Taylor Lane shortly after 11 p.m. Emergency responders rushed the female victim to a nearby hospital, but she didn’t survive. Officers found the vehicle abandoned a short distance from the scene. They have no clues as to the driver’s identity. 

Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Frequently, hit-and-run pedestrian injuries are quite gruesome. These victims have no protection against oncoming vehicles which, in many cases, are traveling at or near top speed at the moment of impact. Moreover, particularly if the accident occurred on a side street, like the one in the above story, several hours might pass before another person passes the accident scene.

The average injury-related hospital bill is over $55,000. Some of the serious injuries pedestrians often sustain include:

  • Internal Injuries: When a vehicle clams into a victim, the victim’s internal organs also smash against each other. SInce these organs have no protective skin layer, even a slight abrasion could cause serious bleeding. This bleeding is difficult to detect and stop, especially if the victim doesn’t receive immediate treatment and is already unconscious.
  • Broken Bones: This same force often shatters bones. Therefore, doctors must often use metal parts, such as screws and rods, to reconstruct these injuries. Because surgery is so aggressive, recovering physical therapy must be aggressive as well. Frequently, even that’s not enough, as these injuries are normally permanent, at least to an extent.
  • Head Injuries: These injuries kill over 50,000 Americans every year. After a brain injury, the brain bleeds. This blood collects between the dura (outer brain membrane) and the skull. The resulting hematoma expands in the skull, presses on the brain, and causes death. Even if the victim survives, brain injuries have permanent effects, including tinnitus (excessive ringing in the ears), persistent headaches, and personality changes.

To ease both the financial and medical pressure associated with these injuries, a Lexington personal injury lawyer connects victims with top-notch doctors who, in most cases, charge nothing upfront for their professional services.

Injury compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

Wrongful death compensation is a bit different. Survivors are usually entitled to pecuniary losses, including final expenses, compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering, and compensation for future losses, such as lost emotional and financial support.

Hit-and-Run Issues

Substantial compensation is available in both injury and wrongful death claims. But unless a Lexington personal injury attorney identifies the responsible party, a judgment is only ink on paper. Fortunately, even if authorities are unable to obtain a conviction in criminal court, civil court is different.

The burden of proof is much lower in civil court. Usually, an attorney must only identify the vehicle’s owner. The owner was probably driving a vehicle at any particular time. “Probably” is roughly synonymous with a preponderance of the evidence, the legal standard of proof in civil court.

Mostly due to a lack of leads, many police investigators quickly give up in hit-and-run cases. Personal injury attorneys dig deeper to find evidence like:

  • Information from Body Shops: Hit-and-run drivers almost never take their vehicles to Service King or other retailers that are relatively easy to track. Instead, they go to underground, cash-only body shops. These owners almost never cooperate with police. But they often will cooperate with a personal injury attorney.
  • Additional Witness Statements: On a related note, many accident witnesses don’t voluntarily step forward at the scene because, for various reasons, they don’t want to talk to police officers. But a personal injury attorney uses sympathy for the victim, which all witnesses feel, to convince them to tell their stories.
  • Surveillance Camera Footage: Accidents almost always have at least one eyewitness, and at least one camera usually captured critical footage. Frequently, the camera could be several blocks, or even several miles, away. Usually, attorneys look at hours of footage to find the one game-changing nugget.

Attorneys frequently partner with private investigators and other such professionals to obtain the evidence they need to build a solid case.

Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.