Guidance For Hit-And-Run Accident Victims
The physical pain and emotional suffering you endure after a car accident are only made worse by the shock of the responsible party fleeing the scene. Victims of hit-and-run accidents often see their options as limited when a negligent driver cannot be identified. However, after a hit-and-run accident, you still have options to secure compensation.
It’s important that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you navigate the claims filing process. At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we have over 136 years of combined legal experience. Our Wilmington hit-and-run accident attorneys have helped more than 65,000 clients fight for fair compensation in the wake of serious accidents and injuries. We know what you are going through, and we know how to help you overcome the challenges ahead.
Your Options After a Hit & Run Accident
As previously mentioned, you have several options when it comes to seeking compensation after a hit-and-run:
- Filing an Uninsured Motorist Claim: Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is required in North Carolina, meaning you already have this type of coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. UM insurance
protects you in the event you are hit by someone who does not have auto insurance. It also protects you when you are involved in a hit-and-run accident. UM coverage pays for your medical bills and car repairs after an accident. While this can be helpful, it may not be enough to cover the full cost of your damages.
- Filing a Personal Injury Claim: If the police can locate the hit-and-run driver, you may be able to file
a standard personal injury claim against the driver. It is important that you file a police report so that
law enforcement can conduct an investigation and attempt to find the person
who hit you before fleeing the scene.
Why Do People Flee the Scene of an Accident?
Many factors may cause a person to flee the scene of an accident, even though doing so is against the law.
Sometimes, drivers leave the scene of an accident because they:
- Do not have the state-required auto insurance
- Are intoxicated/under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Are scared of potential penalties they might face due to the accident
- Believe that the accident didn’t result in any serious injuries or damage
- Are confused or disoriented after the crash
- Do not realize that they are legally required to stop
Whatever the reason, no excuse justifies fleeing the scene of an accident. At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, our Wilmington hit-and-run accident attorneys can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
How Our Legal Team Can Help
While medical treatment comes first, the next step after an accident is contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. The help of a skilled and seasoned attorney can provide you with peace of mind knowing that you have an aggressive advocate at your side.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime that carries significant criminal penalties. However, prison sentences, fines, and driver’s license suspension do not begin to address the justice you deserve. A judge’s decision in a criminal court does nothing to help you recover from your injuries, get back to work, and move forward with your life.
This is why, while police conduct their investigation, our lawyers at David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC do our own fact-finding on your behalf. If intersection cameras exist, we can reconstruct the accident. Should the negligent driver remain unknown, we can pursue a claim against your insurance company. Although these cases are complex, we are up to the challenge of finding multiple sources of income to help you pay your economic and non-economic damages.
Contact Us for the Personalized Representation You Deserve
In all matters, our personal injury attorneys pursue maximum compensation for our clients. With more than 136 years of combined experience, we have the skill and resources to help you navigate the legal process. After a hit-and-run accident, we can help you seek compensation, whether through your own insurance policy or by working to identify the at-fault party so that we can bring a personal injury claim against them.
Our team is available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible, as you have a limited time to file your claim.