If you or your loved one was injured in a car accident where the at-fault driver fled before providing contact information, you may be left with severe injuries. However, there are legal options you can pursue. Our legal team can help.
Our hit-and-run accident lawyers in North Charleston have handled many hit-and-run cases. We can help you to investigate and explore your options based on the available information. Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 11.3-12.7% of all crashes from 2006-2016 were hit-and-run accidents. In 2016, hit-and-run crashes resulted in the death of 2,049 people. Thousands more were injured to various degrees.
It is frightening to be involved in an accident of any kind. Hit-and-run accidents can be much more distressing. Not only have you been hurt and had your property damaged, but the party responsible got away. If you are lucky, you may have some identifying leads. Still, sometimes it can be hard to trace the perpetrator and hold them accountable.
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Potential Causes of Hit-and-Run Car Accidents in South Carolina
In a hit-and-run accident, a driver crashes with a pedestrian, cyclist, property, or driver and flees the accident scene without providing accurate identification, contact, or insurance information.
S.C. Ann. Code § 56-5-1210 clearly states the responsibilities of drivers who have been involved in car accidents resulting in personal injury, death, or property damage. If the fleeing driver is caught, they face criminal misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the extent of injuries and damages for the victims. Additionally, they may face civil action to recover damages for the victims and lose driving privileges from the DMV.
There are many reasons that at-fault drivers may flee an accident scene:
- The driver does not have any or adequate insurance
- The driver was intoxicated
- The driver had a criminal record or a history of traffic infarctions
- The driver did not have a license/had a suspended license
- The driver was in the process of committing another traffic offense/ criminal activity
In less common cases, a driver may leave an accident scene with legitimate reasons, such as:
- Going to attend to an emergency, like taking someone to the ER
- Not knowing the accident had happened
- Being involuntarily intoxicated and hence not knowing the accident happened
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We Will Establish Liability for Your Hit-and-Run Accident in South Carolina
If a driver bumps into your vehicle in a parking lot and leaves without providing their insurance information, you are the victim of an accident and deserve damages. If the liable parties can be identified, you can seek compensation from the at-fault party’s (or parties’) insurance provider.
To be held liable for fleeing an accident scene in a hit-and-run accident, a driver must have caused harm – personal injury and/or property damage – and left the scene. We will find the person who harmed you and prove that your accident-related losses are their responsibility.
If you do not know who hit your car, our North Charleston hit-and-run accident lawyers will first investigate to find out if the party can be identified. This includes:
- Speaking to eyewitnesses at the accident scene
- Examining video surveillance footage, where possible
- Following leads from what you remember
- Using police statements and the crash report
If none of these leads prove fruitful, the only option left is to recover damages from your auto insurance policy. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we have dealt with many hit-and-run accidents just like yours. Call us for a case evaluation to explore the available legal avenues for fair compensation.
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How to File an Insurance Claim for a Hit-and-Run Accident
According to the South Carolina Department of Insurance, all motorists must have auto insurance. Your car insurance policy will provide liability coverage for personal injury and property damage.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM)
If you have UM/UIM coverage, a personal injury lawyer serving North Charleston can help you make a claim with your insurer for injuries and property damage. It is critical to act quickly following your accident.
The insurer will need proof that the other party was negligent and this negligence resulted in property damage or personal injury. We can help you file your insurance claim and gather the evidence necessary so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and recouping related losses. Our investigation will determine the monetary value of your damages.
It is important to reach out to a hit-and-run accident attorney in North Charleston as soon as possible after the accident. We will guide you on what to do following the accident and collect the vital evidence needed to support your claim.
Possible Recoverable Damages After Your Hit-and-Run Accident
Our hit and run accident attorneys in North Charleston can help you calculate a fair monetary value for your economic and non-economic damages. If your claim with the insurer is successful, you may receive the following compensatory damages:
- Medical expenses (or the cost of final expenses for wrongful death claims)
- Cost of ongoing medical care/rehabilitative care
- Lost income or wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress/mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life, among others
A North Charleston Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer Can Represent Your Interests
If you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident, it is critical to consult a personal injury lawyer promptly after the accident. As time passes, you have a lesser chance of finding out the negligent person – the legal options for compensation also wane.
Call us for a free, confidential case evaluation with a North Charleston hit-and-run accident attorney. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will let you know the options you have according to your case’s specifics. We can also file a claim with your insurance and represent your interests in civil litigation or negotiation meetings. Contact us today for a no-obligation case evaluation.
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