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Teenager Seriously Injured in Bellingham Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 30, 2013

An 18-year-old was injured in a Washington pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver who drove through a crowd of pedestrians. According to a report by The Seattle Times, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Otis Street and Abbott Street in Bellingham. Officials say a boxy gray car without its lights on drove through approximately 12 to 15 pedestrians before striking two teenagers and driving off. The 18-year-old victim was hospitalized with serious injuries. A 19-year-old victim was hurt but was not hospitalized immediately following the crash. The Bellingham Police Department is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of the hit-and-run driver and vehicle.

It is against the law to leave the scene of a crash when someone has been injured. According to RCW 46.52.020, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has, exchanged information and rendered reasonable assistance.”

If you or someone you love has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you may be wondering how to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. Will the authorities find the motorist responsible for the crash? How will the ongoing investigation affect your claim? Will you be able to pursue compensation for your medical bills if the hit-and-run driver is not found?

A skilled car accident attorney can answer all of your questions while staying abreast of the official investigation. Even if the at-fault driver is not apprehended, there still may be legal options available. Victims and their families would be well advised to contact a knowledgeable Washington hit-and-run car accident lawyer who will help them receive just compensation for their significant losses.

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