Man Arrested in Clarksville after Causing Hit-and-Run Accident on I-24
A 30-year-old man was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident after he struck another driver’s vehicle on Interstate 24 near Clarksville, Tennessee, Tuesday evening.
According to The-Leaf Chronicle, the man was driving recklessly and doing doughnuts in the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-24 around 6 p.m. He eventually lost control of his four-door Mazda and struck another vehicle, sending it careening off the road. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.
After his vehicle became stuck in the median, the man exited it and got in another car that police said belongs to his wife. Police eventually tracked the man down at his home and arrested him with charges of leaving the scene of an accident, second-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree wanton endangerment.
The Clarksville car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law hope the victim of this hit-and-run accident has a quick and full recovery from his or her injuries.
Pursuing Compensation in Criminal Hit-and-Run Cases
Unlike most car accidents, hit-and-run accidents are considered criminal matters. That means that if you were struck by a driver who fled the scene of the accident, he or she may face punishments including a Class A misdemeanor in Tennessee. In severe cases, drivers also may face felony charges.
In addition to criminal charges, hit-and-run drivers may also be responsible for paying multiple types of damages to their victims. These damages include:
- Economic Damages
These damages include compensation for things like lost wages due to physical disability, medical bills due to injuries suffered in the crash, physical therapy to restore function throughout the body, and vehicular repairs to cover the cost of replacement parts and services.
An experienced Clarksville car accident lawyer can calculate your full economic damages to make sure you get maximum compensation for the accident.
- Noneconomic Damages
These damages include compensation for things like pain and suffering, psychological anguish, physical disfigurement, and other non-debilitating injuries or conditions that reduce a person’s quality of life. The compensation for these conditions covers expenses for things like counseling, therapy, psychiatric evaluations, and other mental health services that are designed to help victims move forward after their accidents.
- Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are designed to not only compensate the victim for his or her injuries suffered in the accident, but they’re also designed to serve as further punishment for the person who caused the injuries in the first place. In hit-and-run cases, victims can usually only receive punitive damages if the person who caused the accident was acting in a blatantly malicious or reckless manner with the intent of causing harm or danger to others.
If you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, it’s important to contact an experienced Clarksville auto accident attorney who is familiar Tennessee car accident laws and the types of compensation available in the state. At Matt Hardin Law, our legal team can investigate your accident, your injuries, and the other driver’s behavior to determine which types of compensation you may be eligible to receive and how much money you can receive from each type.
Then, we’ll build the strongest claim possible that is designed to maximize your chances of getting full compensation for your accident-related expenses. Don’t wait another day to get the help you need—contact us at (931) 754-1188 or fill out a free online form.