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Knoxville woman injured in hit-and-run car accident

It seems like, nowadays, people drive everywhere Tennesseans go, no matter the distance. There is nothing wrong with this as it makes life easier, allowing individuals to accomplish their daily tasks in a comfortable and efficient fashion. However, there are still a significant amount of individuals who walk along our city's and our state's busy roadways. Some walk as their primary means of transportation, while others do so for recreation. Regardless of the purpose, these individuals can be seriously injured when motorists fail to remain aware of pedestrians.

Recently, in Knoxville, a 38-year-old woman was struck by a SUV as she attempted to cross the street. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but it is believed that she will survive. The driver of the SUV left the scene, but was later apprehended. He now faces criminal charges, but that may be of little comfort for the victim who will quickly find out that she will have medical bills to pay, lost wages to recoup and pain and suffering.

It is unfair for innocent accident victims to have to deal with these issues. This is why it is critical for these individuals to fully consider their legal options. A personal injury lawsuit, if successful, could bring monetary awards that might help lessen the economic and noneconomic damage caused. Compensation may be awarded to help pay for needed medical care, reimburse for wages lost due to missed work and ease pain and suffering.

Even though criminal charges may be filed in a particular case, a personal injury lawsuit can move forward. In fact, even if a criminal defendant is found not guilty of, say, a hit-and-run charge, he or she can still be held liable in a civil court. Therefore, those who have been injured by a negligent driver should be prepared to act on their legal rights.

Source: WBIR, "Knoxville man, 21, charged in pedestrian hit and run," Sep. 30, 2015

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