Hit and run is one of the most egregious traffic offenses, especially when the collision injures someone or takes a person's life. There is a reason the law requires motorists to stop and provide reasonable assistance after an auto accident. Doing otherwise too often is the difference between life and death.
As of Oct. 27, police in Bismarck were still looking for a driver who hit a 62-year-old man from behind and drove away from the scene. The man who was struck was riding a scooter on Highway 1804 when the collision happened, and he reportedly suffered injuries after being thrown from his vehicle. He was not wearing a helmet when he was hit.
Sometimes not even the victim of a hit and run is able to offer police a description of the fleeing vehicle, and that appears to be the case here. No description is offered in a local news report, but police are asking for details from anyone who might know something about the crash.
We tend to call auto collisions "accidents," but often further investigation uncovers reckless behavior that was far from accidental. Such cases might call for more than the penalties handed down in criminal court. People who have been injured in a car accident have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This kind of legal action can lead to a monetary award that helps cover the cost of medical bills and other expenses resulting from the crash.
In the case of a hit-and-run collision, the party who suffered injuries should definitely be apprised of the available options for achieving legal justice.
Source: inforum.com, "North Dakota Highway patrol seeks info about Sunday hit-and-run," Oct. 27, 2013