Two Children Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident in Clarksville
A driver struck and seriously injured two children who were playing in a cardboard box in Clarksville, Tennessee, before fleeing the scene.
According to a report by theleafchronicle.com, the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Turner Lane near Gale Drive. A spokesperson for the Clarksville Police Department said the children, a 6-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister, were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via a LifeFlight helicopter.
The driver was soon apprehended by police and told investigators that he wasn’t aware the children were inside the cardboard box when he struck it with his vehicle.
The two children were last listed as being in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Sunday, and the accident is currently under investigation.
What Consequences do Hit-and-Run Drivers Face?
Accidents where the drivers responsible leave the scene before police arrive can quickly change from strictly civil cases to criminal cases. Drivers who face hit-and-run charges face several serious consequences, including:
- Criminal charges
The criminal charges for hit-and-run accidents can vary depending on the severity of the property damage or personal injuries suffered by other parties. These charges include:
- Class C misdemeanor
Hit-and-run accidents that caused $400 or more in property damage can result in a Class C misdemeanor charge and up to 30 days in jail, driver’s license suspension, and a fine.
- Class A misdemeanor
Hit-and-run accidents that result in physical injury or death can result in Class A misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to one year in jail, license suspension, and fines up to $2,500.
- Felony charges
Hit-and-run accidents where the driver knew the accident could have or did result in the death of another person can result in felony charges and one to six years in prison.
- Civil lawsuits
As with any personal injury accidents involving vehicles, the victims of hit-and-run accidents are free to file lawsuits against the drivers who injured them to seek compensation for their accident-related expenses. Victims who can prove that the hit-and-run driver acted negligently by driving recklessly or disobeying traffic laws and that their injuries are a direct result of the accident.
Civil lawsuits can compensate hit-and-run accident victims for a variety of expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and pain and suffering. Compensation can include current and future expenses as a result of the accident.
The Clarksville car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law know that the consequences of hit-and-run accidents can be deadly for victims, and that’s why we have no sympathy for the drivers in these cases. If you or someone you love was injured by a hit-and-run driver, we will do everything in our power to get you the money you deserve and make sure the person who hit you feels the consequences of their actions.
To get in touch with our legal team, just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. We’re here to help you get the compensation you need to put the accident behind you for good.