Following a recent hit-and-run car accident in Asheville, a woman is now sitting in jail and the victim is lying in the hospital, severely injured.
According to the Citizen-Times, the 23-year-old driver has been arrested and is facing one felony charge of hit-and-run inflicting serious injury. The accident happened at the intersection of Hill Street and Riverside Drive.
It all happened as the victim was heading north on his moped on Riverside Drive and the suspect made a left-hand turn right in front of him. The accident happened just after 9:00 p.m. Officers were able to find the hit-and-run driver shortly after the incident happened. According to her warrant, she neglected to remain at the scene of the accident. She had a $50,000 bond.
Failure to yield is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents involving vehicles. Typically the driver fails to yield when turning in front of an oncoming rider.
Our Asheville motorcycle accident attorneys understand how many accidents are hit-and-runs. As a matter of fact, officials estimate that more than 10 percent of all crashes are in fact hit-and-run accidents. They’re getting more common on roadways nationwide, too. Transportation officials estimate that nearly 1 million hit-and-run car accidents are reported to authorities each year throughout the U.S.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that’s a near 20 percent increase since 1999. Drivers are reckless on our roadways and they just don’t care. Make sure that you know how to deal with a hit-and-run accident and know how to protect yourself.
The truth of the matter is that drivers flee the scene of an accident for a multitude of reasons. Some of the top reasons they flee the scene are because they’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs, because they do not have a proper driver’s license or because their vehicle is not properly insured. That’s a few, but there are so many more.
If you’ve been involved in a hit and run car accident it is critical for you to contact an experienced attorney to help you to fight for your rights and for the compensation that you deserve. Before contacting an attorney, and while you’re still at the accident scene, there are a few things that you should do:
-Be sure to check yourself and to check your passengers to see if anyone has suffered any injuries. Everyone’s safety and health should be the top concern.
-Call authorities and report the accident.
-Give officers as many details regarding the accident as you can. Try to remember the car, what the driver looked like and how the accident happened. Remember locations, speeds and those involved.
-Are there any witnesses nearby? Get statements if possible and get their contact information, too.
-If you have a digital camera or a camera phone, take pictures of the damage and the accident scene. The more pictures the better.
-Get a hold of an experienced accident lawyer to help you determine your next course of action.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a car accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding areas contact the Carolina injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices to set up a free and confidential appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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