A 27-year-old woman was recently killed in a pedestrian accident in Oklahoma City involving a hit-and-run driver. According to new reports, the fatal car accident occurred on SW 29 at Lee Avenue in Oklahoma City, where the victim was struck by a westbound car while crossing the street. The driver was a 30-year-old man, who has since been arrested and faces charges for driving without a license, transporting an open container of alcohol, and leaving the scene of a fatal car accident. If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in Oklahoma City, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, contact our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options. Led by Dan Markoff and Jeff Atkins, our team of qualified pedestrian accident and wrongful death lawyers at Atkins & Markoff is standing by, ready to help.
OK LAWS PROHIBIT LEAVING THE SCENE OF A DEADLY ACCIDENT
Leaving the scene of a car accident in which another person is injured or killed is illegal under Oklahoma law. According to Oklahoma Section 10-102.1, “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the death of any 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 shall remain at the scene of the accident.” Victims injured in Oklahoma hit-and-run accidents, or the families of individuals killed in a hit-and-run accident in Oklahoma, can pursue compensation in a number of different ways, depending on the circumstances of the collision.
FILING A PERSONAL INJURY OR WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT
If the driver found to be at-fault in the hit-and-run accident is arrested by law enforcement, then the victim or his family can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to hold the negligent driver financially responsible for the resulting injuries or fatality. If, however, the driver in a hit-and-run collision cannot be found or has no auto insurance, compensation may be available to the victim and his family through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own car insurance policy. Losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident is devastating, especially when the at-fault driver leaves the scene of the accident and can’t be tracked down.
OUR WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If a member of your family was killed in a pedestrian accident in Oklahoma, contact our wrongful death lawyers at Atkins & Markoff to explore your compensation options. You may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the accident, in order to recover financial compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident. Here at Atkins & Markoff, our wrongful death attorneys understand how difficult it can be to pursue legal action in the aftermath of a fatal accident involving a loved one. With our qualified wrongful death lawyers on your side, you can take all the time you need to grieve while our attorneys take the necessary steps to seek fair and timely reimbursement.