Hit-and-Run Injury Attorney
Hit-and-run injury cases are unique. While the perpetrator may have left you with extensive property damage and thousands of dollars in hospital bills, he or she did not leave any contact information. This means you likely have no way to track that driver down and recover compensation from his or her insurance company.
Nevertheless, you do have options. The Charleston attorneys of John Price Law Firm, LLC, are here to help. Over the past 25 years, we have handled both thousand-dollar and million-dollar cases alike for accident victims throughout South Carolina.
Increase In Rate Of Hit And Run Accidents
In recent years the US has seen an increase in the number of hit and runs. There are a few theories as to why this might be.
Distracted driving – Only a few seconds of distraction greatly increases the likelihood of a crash. Although texting and driving is illegal in many states, a great number of drivers still use their phones while driving. Because this is usually illegal, a driver may be scared of the consequences and flee the scene of an accident.
Population growth – The US is currently the third most populated country in the world, and according to the US Census, it is anticipated to double this century. With more and more people on the road the chances of a collision and possible hit and runs increase.
Drunk driving – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019 every 52 minutes one person died from an alcohol- related crash. Because, like texting, drinking and driving is a criminal offense, a driver may be more likely to leave the scene.
What To Do After A Hit And Run Accident
After you’ve experienced a hit and run accident you may be feeling helpless. If someone has caused an accident with you and left the scene you need to know your rights. If you have been the victim of this, remain at the scene of the accident, speak to any witnesses and call the police. Never follow the fleeing driver. This could bring into question who is really at fault for your accident and you risk missing the possibility of gathering statements from witnesses. You also put yourself in a dangerous situation by doing this.
Some things you should do are: try to gather as much information about the other car and driver as possible, record the color, make and model of the other vehicle, their license plate number if possible, any description of damage incurred to the other vehicle, the direction the other driver headed in after the accident, what damage your vehicle incurred, as well as the date, time, cause and location of the accident.
Recovering The Money You Need
If you carry uninsured/underinsured motorists’ coverage as part of your own insurance policy, you should be able to recover compensation. Our hit & run accident attorney services can help you gather the evidence you will need to pursue this money from your own insurance company. From interviewing witnesses to collecting physical evidence of the other car that hit you, we can handle the details for you.
In many auto accident cases, we work with accident reconstruction experts, medical experts and other professionals. You can count on us to leave no stone unturned for you.
Get Help From A Former Prosecutor Turned Serious Accident Attorney
Founding attorney John Price is a former South Carolina prosecutor who has handled numerous cases against hit-and-run drivers and habitual traffic offenders. Today, he uses the knowledge he gained as a prosecuting lawyer to vigorously assist injury victims in these same types of cases. Instead of fighting to place reckless drivers in jail, he now uses his 25-plus years of experience to pursue maximum compensation for his clients’ injuries.
To arrange a free initial consultation with a Charleston attorney at John Price Law Firm, LLC, call us at (843) 552-6011 or send us an email.