A 25-year-old man was run over twice, just blocks away from his home, on a local Dallas street in what appears to be a multiple-vehicle hit-and-run accident. Police reports state that the 25-year-old was first hit by a vehicle whose driver actually stopped to assist the victim. Then, sometime afterwards, the victim was actually hit a second time by a dark-colored SUV.
Reports state that the SUV failed to control its speed and collided with and then dragged the victim. The exact details of the first collision are still being gathered by authorities. The 25-year-old victim was immediately transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time after the incident. Medical examiners are still in the process of determining the exact cause of death.
This case represents a couple of practical issues if the victim’s loved ones choose to bring a wrongful death suit against the drivers who both ultimately contributed to the his death. The first issue is that the driver of the dark-colored SUV has yet to be identified. A follow-up investigation may be needed in order to identify that driver, and further police reports and nearby witness accounts may prove crucial. The second issue in this case would be determining which car actually caused the death. It could be that both vehicles contributed to the victim’s death or that one vehicle did the most damage. The medical examiner’s autopsy may shed some light on which driver is the most, if not equally, to blame.
The loss of a loved can be a very difficult situation to handle for any person. An attorney may do a follow-up investigation into the incident to determine liability and the most appropriate legal strategy to utilize in order to ensure that the family of the deceased is justly compensated.
Source: Dallas News, “25-year-old man killed Sunday night after he was dragged by hit-and-run driver near Samuel Garland Park,” Robert Wilonsky, May 6, 2013