Posted on August 5th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Three weeks ago, a mail carrier in California was involved in a hit and run accident in which he pulled in front of a car driven by a 17-year-old boy. At the time, the mail carrier was attempting to make a left turn, but made the turn too early pulling out directly in front of a car. The boy driving the car swerved to avoid the collision, running into a ditch and colliding with a tree and a parked truck. Although none of the boy’s injuries were life-threatening, he did sustain a number of cuts and deep bruises as well as lacerations from his seat belt.
The mail carrier did not stop after causing the accident to help the boy out of the car. Instead, he offered police two different stories about the incident. First, he claimed he didn’t realize he caused a crash until a bystander stopped him. Second, he said saw the boy drive into the ditch, but did not see him hit the tree or car so he drove away thinking the other driver was alright. According to police, however, regardless of which story is true, the mail carrier can be charged with a hit and run for leaving the scene of an accident. Since he drove negligently, he is also responsible for the boy’s injuries and medical expenses.
If you have recently been involved in a traffic accident where the other driver was either negligent, reckless, or impaired, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and more. Contact one of our Auto Accident Attorneys today for a free consultation and get started with your claim.