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Do Victims Need a Lawyer If a Hit-and-Run Driver Is Arrested?

Dan Brian   |  May 5, 2017   |  

Earlier this year, a hit-and-run driver left an 18-year-old man he hit with his car in Willow Spring laid out on the side of the road with injuries that eventually landed the young man in intensive care at WakeMed. He is suffered a brain bleed as well as injuries to his kidney and pelvis in the collision.

According to WRAL-TV, the incident happened just before 6 pm on a Wednesday. Prior to being struck, the young man was riding his skateboard on Mount Pleasant Road. The 47-year-old man behind the wheel of the car that hit the 18-year-old man was later arrested at his home after the police received a call from one of his relatives reporting that he may be the driver that fled the scene of the crash. The 47-year-old driver is facing a felony hit-and-run charge.

Why Should Victims Still Talk to an Injury Attorney If a Hit-and-Run Driver Is Arrested?

Even if a hit-and-run driver is facing criminal charges, injury victims and their families should still discuss their situation with an experienced personal injury attorney. A hit-and-run driver’s criminal conviction will not help victims and their families with hospital bills, loss of income (including future income), rehabilitation costs and funeral expenses. However, a civil lawsuit, which victims can pursue even while the criminal case is ongoing, can help victims secure the financial help they need in the wake of a hit-and-run accident.