Teacher, 24, hospitalized after hit-and-run auto accident

In Kansas City and throughout Missouri, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers when on the road. Even drivers who make sure they behave in a safe and predictable manner can be vulnerable to the recklessness and negligence of other drivers. For example, distracted drivers, drivers who are under the influence and drowsy drivers can cause a sudden crash and change a person’s life forever. Other potential causes for crashes are if a driver is in a stolen vehicle or has committed a criminal act and is trying to flee. When confronted with the medical expenses, lost income and other challenges that inevitably accompany an auto accident, it is important to think about solutions to be compensated.

Teacher in intensive care after hit-and-run auto collision

A 24-year-old teacher was injured and brought to the intensive care unit at the hospital after a 20-year-old man driving a stolen truck crashed into her SUV. She teaches preschool for inner-city children. The vehicle that hit hers had previously been reported stolen. After the accident, the man and a passenger ran from the scene. The woman was in her SUV, unconscious. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a major brain injury and three fractured vertebrae. The driver of the stolen vehicle was caught and faces multiple charges for the theft and the accident. The teacher had planned to move forward with pursuing a master’s degree later this year.

Seeking compensation to cover medical costs and lost income

Although family and friends have begun a campaign to raise funds to help her, she and her family should be aware of legal remedies to recover compensation for all she has lost. Medical costs can be massive – especially considering the injuries she suffered and the level of care she likely needs. Lost income from being unable to work in the present and possibly in the future can be problematic. She many need extended care for a long period if not for her entire life. A legal filing can be essential to cover for all that was lost.

Accruing evidence from the auto accident, calculating the medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and more takes time and effort. Witnesses might be needed and the process of filing a claim can be complex. It is imperative to consult with legal professionals experienced in car crashes and their aftermath to determine how to proceed. Calling for a consultation can help.