The Springfield, Missouri personal injury lawyers frequently work with clients who are the victim of hit and run accidents. National statistics have shown that about 11% of all accidents nationwide are hit and runs, meaning there are thousands throughout the country every year. In fact, this morning, one happened right outside our Springfield law office.
This morning's hit and run accident
It happened just after 7:00 am, KY3 news reports. Apparently, a car struck a motorcycle near the Battlefield Road / Highway 65 interchange, and then left the scene of the accident. The motorcyclist was conscious when paramedics arrived, and his injuries are described as non-life threatening. His name has not been released. The accident caused heavy traffic congestion during today's morning rush hour commute.
Police are actively searching for a blue car that left the scene. If you have any information about this accident, please contact the Springfield Police Department at (417) 864-1810.
Many of our attorneys and staff members encountered the aftermath of this collision when we arrived at our office today. Although we work with victims of these kinds of accidents on a daily basis, it never ceases to amaze us that an accident can happen so quickly, placing itself directly in your path. That's why we're so passionate about advocating safe driving practices, and protecting the interests of innocent victims - like those who have been injured in hit and run collisions.
What does the law say about hit and run offenses?
There are different practices a driver is legally required to follow after being involved in a collision, particularly when that driver is at fault. These practices differ, depending on whether the accident (1) caused damage to property, (2) causes injury to a person, or (3) results in a person's death. For example, if a driver hits an unattended parked car, that driver is expected to make a reasonable effort to identify himself to the owner of the car, and notify that owner about the collision.