According to WDAM, a strange hit-and-run collision that may have been the result of road rage left one pedestrian injured late last month. Jackson police are investigating the troubling incident, which occurred on the 900 block of Ellis Avenue.
At around 2:30 p.m. on a Monday, officers responded to reports of an accident at Westland Plaza. When they arrived at the scene, they found that a car had crashed into a building near Kool Smiles.
Police determined that a different motorist in another vehicle had been following the car that was involved in the crash and ultimately forced it into the building. They believe a woman was driving this vehicle, which they suspect was a dark colored sedan.
After forcing the other car off the road, the motorist in the sedan struck a female pedestrian and then fled the scene. The man who had been driving the car that crashed into the building fled the scene on foot.
Responders transported the pedestrian to a local hospital, where she received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still trying to identify suspects and determine what happened leading up to the incident.
If you were hurt in a hit-and-run collision, you may be wondering where to turn. Although recovering compensation for damages incurred in a hit-and-run accident is challenging, it is not impossible, and the strategic team at Ballard Law, PLLC is up for the task.
William E. Ballard will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages. Visit our website at www.ballardlaw.ms to learn more, or call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free case evaluation with an injury attorney in Jackson.
How Do Investigators Identify Hit-and-Run Drivers?
Although leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in all 50 states, people still do so fairly frequently. The fact that hit-and-run collisions are so common is just one of the reasons why installing a dash cam is a great idea. If you do not have a dash cam in your vehicle, though—or you were struck while on foot—there are other ways for investigators to identify hit-and-run drivers.
Evidence that might identify motorists who fled the scene of an accident include:
- Surveillance camera footage;
- Eyewitness testimony; and
- Tips from local mechanics.
In the case above, for example, there may be surveillance camera footage of the incident since it happened in a fairly populated retail plaza. Even if there is not, police should have no problem identifying the driver who crashed into the building because he fled on foot.
As for identifying the other motorist, investigators will likely alert all local body shops that they are looking for a dark colored sedan with damage indicative of striking a pedestrian. Police will also rely on those who witnessed the incident to call and share what they can remember.
Since hit-and-run collisions aren’t exactly a police force’s priority, though, it may be a while before justice is served. If you were hurt in a crash with a motorist who fled the scene, hiring a lawyer to conduct your own investigation may be the fastest way to find the liable party or at least secure compensation from your own insurance provider.
To discuss your situation with an injury lawyer in Jackson and determine the best way to proceed, turn to Ballard Law, PLLC. Mr. Ballard will leave no stone unturned when gathering evidence on your behalf.
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