A 7-year-old autistic child died in an Acworth hit-and-run traffic accident on Sunday, January 9th. According to the Cobb County Police, the child wandered from her home. However, they did not disclose what led the car to strike her.
The accident happened at about 10:15 p.m. on McEver Road. The county police said she slipped from her home without her parents’ knowledge and walked on the road. A driver traveling eastbound struck the girl with their car.
The impact knocked the victim face down, with part of her body on the roadway. She died at the accident scene, and the police notified her parents. Her identity was withheld. The investigators said the hit-and-run car possibly had front-end damage, including a University of Alabama vanity plate.
The vehicle could also have damages to one of its headlights. Unfortunately, the police did not release the make and model of the car. Instead, they asked anyone with information on the Acworth hit-and-run accident to call Cobb County Police investigators at 770-499-3987.
Auto-pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in the United States. About 6,721 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2020, up 4.8% from 6,412 fatalities in 2019. These accidents are primarily due to negligence on the driver’s side or the pedestrian’s.
No matter who was at fault, the victim is entitled to financial compensation from the fault party. However, where the negligent party flees the scene like in a hit-and-run, the victim has to wait until the police arrest them to file a claim. Usually, it is better to file a personal injury lawsuit than an insurance claim in such situations.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a traffic crash you didn’t cause, contact our Atlanta car accident lawyers for help.