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Oklahoma City pedestrian injured in hit-and-run crash

Few types of car accidents result in worse injuries than pedestrian accidents. As some people know firsthand, pedestrians are often lucky if they survive a collision. Worse than a pedestrian accident, however, is a hit-and-run pedestrian accident.

Last night, a pedestrian was hit by a car in Oklahoma City. The crash, which occurred near MacArthur Avenue and NW 19th Street, left the victim injured in the road. In most pedestrian accident scenarios, the driver who caused the collision would be able to call for help. In this case, however, the driver fled the scene, leaving the pedestrian behind.

Fortunately, police found out about the incident and showed up to help. The victim needed medical attention, but police said his or her injuries were not severe. Now, they are searching for the driver who caused this accident.

When an accident that results in injuries occurs, everyone involved is required by law to remain at the scene until police arrive. Aside from making sure police obtain an accurate account of what happened, it helps ensure that someone is able to call for help. Leaving the scene of an accident -- especially a pedestrian accident -- is one of the most negligent things a driver can do.

If a hit-and-run driver is found, pedestrian accident victims should know that they have options for legal recourse. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, a victim can seek compensation from the negligent driver for medical expenses and pain and suffering, among other related damages. A faultless victim should not be forced to cover these expenses, and a negligent driver should be held accountable.

Source: News 9, "OKC Police Search For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Left Victim In Street," April 23, 2013

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