When you are driving home from work, the last thing you expect to happen is for another vehicle to smash into you. For one teenager who was heading home from his job at Olive Garden, that horrific situation is exactly what happened. His vehicle was totaled when a vehicle driven by a Florida State University player slammed into him.
In an interesting turn of events, the FSU player fled the scene. He left his wrecked vehicle in the middle of the road and ran. Two of his passengers, including another FSU football player, ran right along with him.
When the Tallahassee police responded to the accident, they contacted the FSU police and the athletic department. Despite the fact that the accident totaled both vehicles and that the FSU football player was driving with a suspended license, he was given only two traffic tickets. The hit-and-run by itself was a criminal act.
There were a few interesting omissions on the police report about the accident. The FSU football player wasn't tested for alcohol. The fact that the airbag deployed in the teen's car also wasn't mentioned.
The teen suffered injuries to his hands from the deployed airbag. His vehicle is totaled. It seems as though the incident is being swept under the rug.
Even in a hit-and-run accident, people who are injured can seek compensation from the at-fault driver once they are found. Knowing how to pursue claims for compensation might help you to decide how to move forward with claims to help get your medical bills and other accident-related expenses covered.
Source: The New York Times, "Florida State Player Fled Crash but Got Only Traffic Tickets" Mike McIntime and Walt Bogdanich, Nov. 14, 2014