According to KCRG-TV9, the motorist who caused a fatal hit and run accident remains at large, and the grieving family is desperate to find the guilty party so they can have some sense of closure—and to prevent anyone else from suffering the same tragic fate. The collision happened on the first of the month, although the victim, a 63-year-old man, did not die until October 17.
Police claim the man had been riding his motorcycle when a car struck him at the intersection of 20th Avenue and C Street in southwest Cedar Rapids. According to investigators, the motorist who caused the crash immediately fled the scene and remains at large.
Police believe the driver was a young woman in her early twenties with long, dark hair. They urge anyone with information regarding the accident to contact them. The man’s wife, who had been with him for 40 years, is especially heartbroken, and his entire family is desperate for any information regarding the guilty party because they believe justice will bring them some sense of peace.
Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit following a hit and run accident is complicated because the sources from which to seek compensation are limited. If your family lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision that was either a hit and run crash or involves disputed liability, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC.
A compassionate Cedar Rapids personal injury attorney on our team will assess your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule your free consultation.
Whom Can You Sue Following a Hit and Run Accident?
Fatal hit and run accidents are especially devastating for the surviving family members because they provide no sense of closure or justice. There is also the added stress that whoever is responsible for your loved one’s death could go on to hurt someone else in a similar way.
In general, the most effective way to achieve a favorable resolution to a claim involving a hit and run accident is to sue the liable party. Thanks to modern surveillance systems, dash cams, eyewitness testimony, and other forms of evidence, police are often able to track down the guilty party.
In cases where there are no eyewitnesses, video footage, or leads whatsoever, it becomes more challenging to identify the guilty party; however, through medical payment coverage, accident victims can still recover at least some of the damages they incur by filing a claim with their own insurance provider. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, additional avenues of compensation might include other motorists involved in the crash, the automobile manufacturer responsible for any defects that contributed to the accident, or the government entity responsible for maintaining the roads and traffic signals at the scene.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a hit and run collision and you’re not sure how to proceed, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident lawyer in Cedar Rapids. You can learn more about car accident claims in Iowa by visiting usattorneys.com/car-accident/iowa.