Were you injured in a hit-and-run accident? If the at-fault driver fled the scene, you may be left with questions such as:
- Will I have to pay a deductible for my property damage?
- Who will cover my medical bills?
- How am I going to find the other driver?
- Will I have to hire a car accident lawyer?
South Carolina, like every state, has laws that prohibit involved individuals from leaving the scene of a car accident until law enforcement arrives. These laws are in place to ensure that people involved in car accidents get medical help if they are injured, police are able to get the information to file a report, as well as to allow each party to obtain all the necessary contact and insurance information.
In the majority of hit-and-run accidents, the drivers leave the scene of a car accident because they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or they do not have car insurance. If a hit-and-run driver is located, then they will likely face criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident
What Do I Do After a Hit-and-Run?
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, these are the first steps you should take:
Call 911. Even if the other driver left the scene, you still need to file a police report. The information included in the initial police report may give law enforcement the valuable information necessary to locate the other vehicle.
Get Medical Attention. If you or someone else in your vehicle needs medical attention, be sure to give the 911 operator that information so they can dispatch an ambulance in addition to having law enforcement arrive. If you are hurt at all, it is very important that you are checked out by a medical professional and remember some injuries may not emerge for a few days after the collision.
Jot Down All Information You Can Remember. If you saw the license plate number, write it down immediately! Also, write down the make, model, and color of the vehicle as well as any details about the other driver you can remember. Everything you can remember will aid law enforcement in locating the hit-and-run driver.
Get Contact Information of Any Witnesses. If they can stay until law enforcement arrives, they may be able to give details about the hit-and-run collision that you don’t know or didn’t see.
Take Pictures. Take photos of everything at the scene, especially including anything that might have contributed to the hit-and-run accident (for example, non-working traffic lights, obscured traffic signs, hazardous road conditions). Take photos of the damage to your vehicle as well.
How Do My Damages Get Paid in A Hit-and-Run Accident?
In the event the driver responsible for the hit-and-run accident is not found, you can file a claim with your insurance provider. South Carolina law mandates that Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage be included in every automobile coverage, so that even if someone is driving without insurance you can still recover insurance funds to compensate for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and physical pain. Although your insurer may make you pay a deductible for property damage, they may be responsible for more than the total value of the car based on the punitive damages that are available in hit-and-run cases.
Do I Need a Lawyer in A Hit-and-Run?
The issues you will have to deal with after a hit-and-run accident are not as simple as some people would have you believe. From getting your medical bills paid to determining the amount which you should be compensated, understanding these issues can help you better protect yourself. If you would like to have any of your questions answered give our office a call at 843.636.TREY for a free consultation.
Additionally, it costs you nothing to retain the Trey Harrell Law Office, LLC for your hit-and-run auto accident case because we will handle your case on a contingency fee. This means that you will owe nothing if we are unable to get you compensation.
Contact Trey Harrell Law Office LLC. Getting Advice from attorney Trey Harrell about your car accident claim is Free. Further, you don’t pay attorney Trey Harrell for representing you in a car accident unless the Trey Harrell Law Office wins your case. There is almost no reason not to at least call 843.636.TREY and ask a question.
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