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Hit-and-run defendant has long criminal past

Hit-and-run defendant has long criminal past

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Hit-and-run defendant has long criminal past

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According to the Shelby County Reporter, a man accused recently of causing the death of a Birmingham pedestrian reportedly tried to hide evidence. The 31-year-old Tuscaloosa man is charged with striking and killing a 49-year-old Birmingham pedestrian in a hit-and-run collision. The victim apparently was trying to cross Highway 280 when she suffered fatal injuries.

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Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Attorney

The Alabama news outlet reported that the man then drove to a Tuscaloosa body shop, where he claimed damage to his vehicle was caused by hitting a deer. The fatal accident occurred along Highway 280 just after 5:30 a.m. Multiple tips helped lead police to an arrest and charges of leaving the scene of an accident and criminal tampering.

The defendant’s criminal record is extensive. He was charged twice before with leaving a crash scene and faced half a dozen counts of DUI. The man was also charged with speeding, driving with a suspended license, failing to appear in court and reckless driving.

The defendant was ordered to be locked up on $120,000 bond.

Alabama personal injury and wrongful death claims are filed because one person’s negligence caused someone else harm. Civil cases grow stronger when a plaintiff can prove a defendant’s actions were reckless or intentional. These are civil actions, not criminal claims, to help injured victims or families receive compensation for their losses.

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Negotiated Settlements in Car Accident Cases

Damages awards for injury claims concentrate on the victim’s losses like pain and suffering, medical expenses, wage losses and emotional distress. In wrongful death judgments, compensation is recovered for losses experienced by family members. Attorneys know many claims are the result of negotiated settlements, not court decisions.

Settlements add a degree of certainty to the case. A plaintiff does not have to face the stress of a trial or wait to hear what a judge or jury decides. By agreeing to pay a settlement, the defendant is freed from having to admit guilt.

Source: AL.com, “Man charged in Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run on Highway 280,” Adam Ganucheau, Aug. 07, 2015

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