With school starting up again, parents have a lot to think about. Your list may include purchasing school supplies, double-checking your children’s schedules, registering them for the bus route and talking to them about safety. At Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C., we understand that you might worry about your children’s safety if they walk to school or the bus stop. Connecticut children are at risk of being harmed by negligent drivers, some of whom may flee the scene if they strike a child with their vehicle.
A frightening incident that occurred last June in Waterbury may highlight this concern for you. WTNH News reported that a driver didn’t stop for a school bus’s warning signal and struck a 7-year-old boy walking to the bus stop. Fortunately, the boy was treated for minor injuries and was expected to recover. However, authorities continued searching for the driver who fled the scene.
Drivers involved in an accident are required by law to remain at the scene. However, some drivers might not stop after a pedestrian accident for numerous reasons. In adverse weather or poor visibility, they may not realize they hit someone. Some drivers may be frightened of the consequences or simply have little concern for the harm they might have caused. Regardless of the circumstances, the situation may become more complicated for you if your child was injured in a hit-and-run accident. If the negligent party is not found, you might be responsible for the medical bill, or you may need to seek compensation through your own automobile insurer.
As you may be aware, insurance companies can be difficult to deal with in the aftermath of an accident. You may need experienced counsel after a hit-and-run accident, as our page explains.