The Washington State Patrol is asking witnesses or anyone with information about a hit-and-run car accident that happened on November 27 around 8:15 to contact Detective Russ Haake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-401-7717.
According to the patrol, the passenger of a Buick Le Sabre suffered fatal injuries when the car was rear-ended on Interstate 405/Cedar St. in Renton.
The Le Sabre was struck by car described as a red “sports car” and it might have been a Subaru BRz or Nissan 350Z. The vehicle should have considerable front-end damage.
The driver of the suspect vehicle had been driving erratically before the accident and was travelling at least 60mph when the collision occurred. The driver left the accident scene.
Hit-and-Run Accidents a Serious Problem
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 11% of all reported auto accidents are hit-and-run meaning that the at-fault driver left the scene of the accident without insuring proper medical care for the victims, exchanging information with the other parties and waiting until law enforcement arrives.
Why do drivers leave the scene of an accident?
Hit-and-run drivers are often apprehended after the fact or they turn themselves at the urging of a friend or family members. When questioned, they provide some of the following reasons for leaving the accident:
- They were intoxicated at the time.
- They had an outstanding warrant.
- They did not have a valid driver’s license.
- They did not have auto insurance.
- They knew they caused the accident and feared the consequences.
- They were so intoxicated that they were unaware that they were involved in an accident.
Advice for hit-and-run accident victims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-runner driver, you may be wondering who will pay your medical bills. The following information may be useful to you:
- Regardless of whether there was an injury, you should contact authorities and file an accident report.
- You should report the accident to your insurance company who has a vested interest in finding the at-fault driver. If the at-fault driver is not found, you can file a claim against the underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy.
- Write down everything about the accident you can remember including color of the car that hit you, model number, etc.
- Make contact with any witnesses of the accident and obtain their contact information. Ask them to give a report to the police.
- Contact a personal injury attorney if you have serious injuries so that your rights are protected and your claim is maximized.
Washington law and hit-and-run accidents
Washington law requires that drivers involved in a car accident stop and exchange information with the other party. A driver is required by law to stay at the accident scene until police and medical help arrives. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime and can result in a class B or class C felony which can result in a jail sentence and/or fine.