12-year-old cyclist injured in hit-and-run on rural road
Posted: August 1, 2014
Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Criminal Injury and Assault Road Traffic Accidents
A 12-year-old boy was the victim of a hit-and-run incident yesterday while he cycled on a rural road near his home. The police are currently looking for an orange Mitsubishi that had been overtaking the boy when he hit his bike at around 3pm yesterday afternoon. The accident happened in Dumfries and Galloway in Southern Scotland.
Following the incident, the boy was taken to Dumfries Infirmary for treatment, and was later released. Police have launched an investigation, appealing for anyone with any information to come forward. They are currently trying to trace the driver involved.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been on his bike at the side of the road when the vehicle struck him and continued to drive away.
Six months imprisonment
Those convicted of a hit-and-run crime can receive punishments ranging from 5-10 penalty points, disqualification, fines of between £1,000 and £5,000, or even six months imprisonment. Police seize offenders through the Motor Insurance Database, which help the police to seize around 500 uninsured cars every day.
Members of the public who are injured (physically or mentally) in a criminal act can make a claim for compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government organisation set up precisely for this purpose. Whilst the CICA operates a free service, it is recommended that you use a local personal injury solicitor to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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