Hit-and-Run DUI Child Pedestrian Accident Reveals Challenges in Seeking Financial Compensation
The tragic death of an 11-year-old boy in a hit-and-run DUI accident serves as a sad testament to the continuing risk posed by drunken drivers. The driver was not only under the influence when he struck the child pedestrian with his motor vehicle and drove away but was also driving on a suspended driver’s license, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The driver eventually surrendered to Clayton County police who turned him over to Atlanta police. The hit-and-run driver who ran down the child pedestrian is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license.
Intoxicated drivers, particularly those who have a repeat history of driving under the influence, pose a special danger to pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists and other vehicle occupants. Drivers who are habitual DUI offenders tend to be among the most dangerous drivers. Unfortunately strategies like driver’s license suspensions have proved relatively ineffective at discouraging this dangerous practice. Statistics from MADD indicate that between half to two-thirds of drivers who have their license suspended for alcohol-related offenses continue driving despite the suspension.
Drivers who commit repeat DUI offenses are not only likely to cause more collisions but also may be the least likely to have the financial resources to cover the cost of compensating victims for the injuries and damage that they cause. Because DUI violations result in a driver’s license suspension, the chance that a repeat DUI offender will be uninsured is extremely high. Even if an intoxicated driver or driver who has had his or her license suspended for DUI has assets that can satisfy a judgment, the driver has a strong incentive to flee the scene of an accident because of the possibility of civil and criminal liability.
An injury victim may be able to recover compensation for injuries by filing an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company or pursuing a liability claim against a third party that contributed to the accident which caused your injuries. Even if the identity of the driver who caused the accident is unknown due to them fleeing the scene of the accident, uninsured motorist coverage under your own policy can afford protection and step in and pay as if they are insuring the driver who caused the accident. Sometimes a vehicle manufacturer may be liable if a defect in the design or manufacturing contribute to a collision. In other situations, another motorist may have engaged in conduct that contributed to the collision. A municipality, county or state may also be held financially responsible if it failed to design or maintain the roadway safely.
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