A relief pitcher for the Tennessee Smokies was reportedly the victim of a hit-and-run car accident in Knoxville early last Friday morning, according to KnoxNews.
The pitcher, Ty'Relle Harris, suffered a leg injury and was taken by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. These injuries were reported to by non-life threatening. He remains at the UT Medical Center.
Our Tennessee personal injury attorneys understand that almost everyone is involved in an accident at one time or another. It is important that we all do the right thing in these situations. Motorists are urged to check on one another to make sure that injuries receive the proper attention. Motorists are also to exchange information and report to authorities when necessary. Often in a hit-and-run crash, either the fleeing driver doesn't have insurance or a valid license, or he or she may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you're the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you are urged to contact an experienced attorney immediately as recovery can be made against at-fault drivers.
In cases where a driver lacks insurance, a claim may be made against insurance policies in effect on other vehicles in the household. And in cases where the at-fault driver is not located, or does not have sufficient means to make a recovery, a victim may be able to make a claim against his or her own insurance carrier.
The hit-and-run driver was reportedly apprehended by the Knoxville Police Department after fleeing the scene. He is currently facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular assault and drunken driving.
The Smokies are currently in the middle of a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Smokies Park.
"Ty'Relle is a great teammate and we missed him tonight," Smokies manager Brian Harper said. "He's a good young man and there's no question he would have pitched tonight. Hopefully he'll get better."
Hit-and-run accidents saw a near 19 percent jump in frequency from 1999 to 2001 and have continued to steadily rise since 2003, according to hitandrunreward.com. Hit-and-runs don't only affect vehicle occupants, either. It is estimated that one out of every five pedestrians killed on our roadways die from a hit-and-run.
The AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety estimates that more than 20 percent of all fatal accidents from 1993 to 1999 involved a driver without a driver's license. This is a common scenario in hit-and-run accidents.
If you witness a hit-and-run accident, you are encouraged to stop and help the victim and the police. Try to get a description on the fleeing car. Try to get the make, model and color of their vehicle. Try to get their license plate number and the direction in which they headed.