Chester County Hit-and-Run Car Crash Victim Helps Police Find Driver
A hit-and-run accident victim who was rear-ended on December 22 was able to help police in Chester County, PA catch the hit-and-run driver who was also allegedly speeding as well as driving while intoxicated. According to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the victim led police to the driver who was also driving without a license.
In this case, the driver broke many laws. He drove under the influence of alcohol, was speeding, caused a car crash and left the scene of the accident. In addition to being criminally prosecuted, he can also be held civilly liable for any injuries the accident victim suffered because of his negligent actions. By law, drivers are obligated to help an injured person after an accident by calling the police and emergency medical services, if needed.
During the Christmas season, it is important to note that there are an increased number of alcohol-related car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2006 that there were a total of 392 fatalities over the Christmas holiday, with 160 of those deaths in an accident that involved at least one impaired driver.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is partnering with police agencies across PA to prepare for the New Year’s holiday. The police will set up many sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and regular traffic safety patrols to watch for motorists exhibiting dangerous behaviors that may be driving under the influence.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-run car accident in Pennsylvania where the driver was intoxicated, contact an experienced Philadelphia auto accident attorney who can advise you on your legal rights. At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP our lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and any damages you may have suffered in a Pennsylvania car crash. Protect yourself by calling us for a free consultation today!