Any accident can be a traumatic experience, which can become even more so when the injured party watches the other driver flee the scene. A hit-and-run accident comes with criminal charges, but unless the other driver is caught, civil liability may be difficult to pursue.
If you are ever involved in a hit-and-run, the first thing that you should do is pull over in a safe place. You should never try to pursue the other driver. Once you are pulled over to a safe location, you should contact the police. If able, you should begin gathering evidence. This includes taking pictures of your vehicle, the location of the accident. You should also write down any details you can remember about the other vehicle. Look for any witnesses to the crash, as they may be able to remember details that you have forgotten or did not see. Finally, report the incident to your insurance company.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a professor from metro Atlanta has been seriously injured in a hit and run accident in Maryland.
Thomas Gluick, an assistant professor of chemistry at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville was traveling home from visiting family in New York for Christmas. He made a stop at a Baltimore-area mall on New Years’ Eve where he was hit by a truck.
The driver who hit Gluick fled the scene. The incident occurred at a busy intersection, so police are hoping that someone comes forward with information about the accident. The vehicle was described as a dark pickup truck with a toolbox or box cover.
Good Samaritans stayed with Gluick until help could arrive. Gluick was left with several facial fractures, eight broken ribs, and a broken arm and leg. He underwent the first of many surgeries on the night of the accident.
He was removed from a ventilator on Monday, but it is unclear when he will be able to come home.
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