South Carolina Hit & Run Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Injured Individuals for Over 25 Years
Being involved in a car accident is always a frightening experience. When the other involved motorist doesn’t stop or fails to provide you with their contact information, it can be overwhelming. It can also make it more difficult to recover compensation. However, there are still options.
A South Carolina hit and run accident attorney from Anastopoulo Law Firm can help you understand your rights and the best way to seek monetary damages for your medical bills and other expenses. We provide free consultations for traffic accident victims.
For a free legal consultation with a hit & run accident lawyer serving South Carolina, call 803-222-2222
How Does South Carolina Define a Hit and Run Accident?
South Carolina has strict laws regarding hit and run accidents. Any time a motorist leaves the scene of the accident without providing their personal information and insurance information, it is considered a hit and run. This includes not attempting to help the injured.
In addition to criminal penalties, the liable motorist faces civil consequences. If they are identified, they will be held responsible for their role in causing the accident and injuries. However, pursuing compensation for a hit and run accident can be incredibly difficult. It is crucial that you discuss your case with an experienced hit and run accident attorney.
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What to Do if You Are Involved in a Hit and Run Accident
Individuals involved in hit and run accidents have several options. First, you should make sure that you and anyone else in your vehicle or another involved vehicle are OK. Seek medical attention following the accident. You should do this even if you believe your injuries are minor. Some injuries can take days or weeks to appear, so it is crucial that you receive care from a qualified medical professional as soon as possible.
In addition to seeking medical attention, you should:
- Call the police and file an official accident report
- If possible, note the vehicle make and model of the other involved driver, as well as the license plate number, a visual description of the person, and other relevant details
- Provide any information you have about the driver, in addition to his/her vehicle, to the police
- Take down the statements and contact information of witnesses
- Report the accident to your insurance company, and look into your policy to determine what is covered by your mandatory uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
- Contact an attorney who has experience with hit and run accident claims
Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is mandatory in South Carolina. This coverage can be used to cover the cost of your medical treatment, as well as property damage and other damages. See our Uninsured & Underinsured Claims page for information, or contact our office to learn more. We offer free consultations for victims of hit and run crashes in South Carolina.
Damages Available in Your South Carolina Hit and Run Crash
In most traffic accident cases, the best way to get justice is to hold the negligent driver responsible by building a civil case against them. This usually results in negotiations with their insurance company and a settlement agreement. Alternatively, we sue this driver on our client’s behalf and take the case to trial.
These fault-based cases allow us to recover a range of damages for our clients. We identify and value their expenses and losses, including:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Miscellaneous related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible damages
The goal is to recover the compensation needed to cover our client’s financial, physical, and emotional harm that the accident caused. Putting them as close to where they were before the crash as possible. We do not believe victims should have to pay for the losses they endured because of an accident they did not cause.
Recovering this wide range of damages is still possible when the police can identify the driver, or we can uncover evidence to prove who is legally responsible for the crash. However, the hit and run driver remains unknown in many collisions. When this occurs, we file a claim based on the client’s uninsured motorist coverage.
Understanding How Uninsured Motorist Coverage Works
According to the South Carolina Department of Insurance, if you carry the state minimum, you should have uninsured motorist coverage that includes $25,000 per person for injuries, $50,000 per accident, and $25,000 in property damages. There is usually a fairly low deductible for filing this type of claim, often $200.
If you file an uninsured motorist claim based on your South Carolina hit and run, you can get money for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Your uninsured motorist policy will pay out to cover your damages up to the policy’s limit.
Other options could include using your health insurance coverage or suing the at-fault driver directly. However, this is not always a good option since they will need to have enough personal assets to cover your expenses for a lawsuit to be advantageous.
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Sound Legal Guidance You Can Rely On
If you were injured in a hit and run accident, you may feel as though you have no options for recovery. However, this is not necessarily the case. Your damages may be partially or fully covered by your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of your own auto insurance policy.
Our South Carolina hit and run accident lawyers can help you explore all your legal options. And, help you determine the best route for recovery. With more than 25 years of experience, we are here to help you navigate the complex legal process. We will help you on the path to healing.
Call (800) 313-2546 today for your free case review with one of our attorneys.