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1 injured in hit-and-run at Georgia intersection

A car accident at an intersection in Valdosta is currently being treated by investigators as a hit-and-run. Officials are seeking a gray pickup truck and its driver, whom they allege was responsible for striking a van and injuring the man driving it around 8 a.m. on March 31.

According to authorities, the crash took place at the intersection of Copeland Road and Inner Perimeter Road when the truck, thought to be a Ford F-150, pulled out of Copeland Road and cut off a van heading north through the intersection on Inner Perimeter Road. While the van's driver attempted evasive maneuvers to avoid the collision, police say, the vehicle nevertheless ended up driving down the embankment and crashing into the fence of a church nearby. The driver of the van was brought to the hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries.

Many accidents of this nature are due to driver negligence. Motorists may be distracted with texting or by something else going on in the vehicle. Sometimes, drivers are intoxicated, speeding or disobeying traffic laws. The victims in these accidents are often left to struggle with long-term physical pain, financial hardships or mental strife. Some of the common injuries in these accidents include brain trauma, neck injuries, broken bones and organ damage.

The driver of the van may be able to recover restitution in order to help pay for vehicle repairs, loss of income or medical expenses that resulted from the accident if he chooses to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the truck once he or she is found. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help a plaintiff in a case like this one avoid court altogether by negotiating a settlement with the defendant's insurance company. The lawyer may be able to use facts and evidence collected from the investigation in an effort to prove enough intentional harm, recklessness or gross negligence to encourage the defendant to settle rather than take the case to trial.

Source: WALB, "One injured in early morning hit and run crash in Valdosta", Colter Anstaett , March 31, 2014

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