When a fatal accident occurs, the motorists involved who survive are expected to remain on the scene. In fact, it is illegal for them to leave without first speaking to the appropriate Alabama authorities. Additionally, most would say that it's also simply unethical and may leave a negative impression upon a judge should the person who left the scene subsequently be deemed responsible for the fatal accident.
In recent days, an Alabama truck driver was killed during a crash that caused his tractor-trailer to overturn on Highway 157. When the semi crashed, it landed on its side, spilling its flammable contents. The result was a messy situation that stopped traffic.
At this point, no report has been released as to why the truck toppled. However, it is known that there was a second vehicle. The driver of that vehicle left the accident scene. There has been no word if he or she has connected with the police at this point.
The family of the fatal accident victim may find themselves considering the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit to seek help in paying for the expenses related to the untimely death of their loved one. In cases such as this one, the individual who left the scene may have difficulty explaining his or her actions. The decision to leave the scene may even adversely affect the veracity of his or her side of the story. This could bolster the family's claim that the other driver was at fault, giving them a better chance of being awarded monies for burial costs and other financial damages permitted by applicable law.
Source: cullmantimes.com, "Vinemont man killed in Sunday tractor trailer crash", Trent Moore, August 4, 2014