During an unconscionable hit-and-run accident in Phoenix recently, an 80 year old man sustained life-threatening injuries after getting off of a bus. It happened at 6:30 am, just at the crack of dawn. It appears that the man began crossing the street as soon as he exited the bus. Many more details have yet to emerge in this case, such as:
Was the man was crossing at a crosswalk?
Did he check for traffic before crossing?
What were the exact lighting conditions?
Was the man wearing light or dark clothing?
Was the driver impaired?
Was the driver speeding?
Did the bus driver follow all procedures?
Were there any other obstructions to the sight lines of any of the individuals involved?
Actually, the ambiguity of this case offers a great example for us to analyze, because incidents of personal injury are often rife with missing or hidden pieces of information. It is extremely important, therefore, for injury victims to know the legal claims that they have a right to make--even when the responsible party is unknown. An immediate and thorough investigation is often key in uncovering and locating key witnesses and facts. Doing that generally requires the guidance of an experienced lawyer.
An injury victim--as well as his or her family--should not be deterred when the extent of the circumstances of an incident are not fully known. Victims and families must already weather a whirlwind of fear, worry, and frustration, and the last thing they need is a growing concern that they are unable to pursue their full rights under the law. By becoming a little more familiar with their options for legal recourse, and by identifying an experienced personal injury attorney who they can trust, families can focus on what is truly important: the recovery and wellbeing of the victim.