San Antonio, TX- Fortunately for all motorists, hit-and-run accidents are less common that other traffic accidents. That, however doesn’t make these types of accidents any less harmful. Hit-and-run accidents can result in debilitating injuries, causing the victim to suffer for months, even years. For some unlucky individuals, hit-and-run accidents involving a large truck can be deadly.

On Tuesday, August 26th, KENS News 5 in San Antonio reported that a pedestrian was killed on Loop 410 and Highway 90 west after being struck by a tractor-trailer.

The accident happened just after 9 p.m. the previous night. Police said the victim was walking along the center median of the roadway when he was struck by the tractor-trailer.

The driver fled the scene.

The pedestrian initially survived the collision and was taken to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries. His identity has not been released pending notification of his family.

San Antonio police are trying to locate the driver with very little information to go on, adding the driver may not realize they struck someone. They said the trailer of the truck was solid white and likely suffered “noticeable” damage to the front end, KENS.

Police are still trying to piece together the accident.

This particular incident brings up the issue of what happens when someone is injured or killed by a hit-and-run truck driver. Drivers usually run because they are intoxicated, inattentive, uninsured, unlicensed or committing another crime. In any case, fleeing the scene of an accident further proves that a driver, truck or otherwise, is acting recklessly and carelessly.

In many cases, there are witnesses that can give valuable information to police that can help them locate an at-fault driver who fled the scene. Information such as license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions lead police to a negligent driver. Hit-and-run drivers who are eventually located, face additional criminal charges and more costly personal injury or wrongful death suits.

When police are able to locate the at-fault trucker, the injury victim or the family of deceased can pursue that driver and possibly their trucking company for compensation. In some cases, the victims can be awarded punitive damages which will increase the value of their compensation and serves to punish the driver for leaving the scene.

However, when police are unable to locate hit-and-run driver, the injured party will have to make a claim with their auto insurance company. In Texas that means the driver must file an uninsured/unidentified driver claim. These claim work in the much the same way as any injury claim, and getting the amount of compensation you deserve require legal knowledge.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of a hit-and-run driver, don’t hesitate to contact a San Antonio truck accident attorney so you can begin building successful injury or wrongful death claim. They will give you the support you need during this difficult time in your life, allowing you to focus on your health and emotional well-being.