Woman injured in hit and run car accident in Rhode Island
Drivers that cause an accident and then leave the scene of that accident may not be aware of how extensive the damages are. They are still responsible for the car accident they caused and can still be cited if obtained by police. Not only can they be cited by police, but if injuries are a result of the accident, they can also be held responsible for those as well. A local Rhode Island officer made sure that a recent hit and run driver was caught after the accident he allegedly caused.
Reports recently indicated that an officer was waved down by a female driver who apparently had been in a car accident. She allegedly told the Rhode Island police officer that a male driver had rear-ended her and then taken off. The officer was able to locate the Jeep Cherokee that allegedly rear-ended the female driver's vehicle not far away.
The officer took the male driver to police headquarters to be questioned and was ultimately charged with leaving the scene of the car accident. He was reportedly released on his own recognizance and is pending an appearance at a court hearing in late November for his charges. The female victim was taken to a local hospital, but it was not reported how serious her injuries were.
Understandably, the victim is likely focused on recovering from her injuries and is also surely amassing financial obligations to the hospital where she was admitted. Pending the results of the court hearing for the driver accused of fleeing the scene, the victim may choose to file a personal injury claim in Rhode Island to seek compensation for any injuries she may have sustained in the accident. Either way, any driver that causes a car accident and then leaves an injured victim to fend for themselves may find they face both criminal and civil legal difficulties.
Source: Providence Journal, North Providence man charged with leaving the scene of accident, Richard C. Dujardin, Sept. 24, 2013