If there is anything worse than being hit by a moving vehicle, it is being hit by a driver who then leaves the scene.
If this happens, you are considered the victim of a hit and run, whether you are in a car or truck, on a motorcycle or bicycle, or are a pedestrian hit by someone who leaves the scene. If the perpetrator is never found, you may still receive some compensation for your injuries.
Hit and Run Accidents
Most people are aware that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime, but they may do so anyway. Often, this is because the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or their license is suspended. Drivers who are especially afraid of law enforcement, perhaps because there is a warrant out for their arrest or they are in the country without proper paperwork, may be more likely to flee the scene of an accident.
Other drivers fear incarceration, or the fines associated with a hit and run conviction, along with driver’s license revocation and penalties. There is also the relatively rare situation where a driver did not realize they hit another vehicle or person.
What a Hit and Run Victim Should Do
If you are able, call 911 immediately to report the accident. If you are injured but conscious, ask anyone who stops to help you to make the call. Police officers can gather evidence from the scene that may help them identify the hit and run driver. If there are witnesses to the accident, get their contact information.
If you have any information about the driver and vehicle, such as the color, make, and model of the car, let the police know. If you can remember even part of the license plate number, that will help. Call your insurance company and report the accident as soon as possible – but do not agree to a settlement.
South Carolina Hit and Run Victims
All South Carolina drivers must buy uninsured motorist coverage as part of their auto insurance. If the hit and run driver is never identified, you may receive compensation from your insurance company, up to the limits of your policy.
However, it is not a good idea to deal with your insurance company yourself in this situation. An insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible on a claim. A Columbia car accident lawyer will negotiate fair compensation for your injuries.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Help Victims of Hit and Run Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, you need the services of the experienced Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Call 866-881-8623 or 803-929-3600 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.
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