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, the ordeal can be even more overwhelming.
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—including their insurance information—or attempting to assist the injured, it is considered a hit and run. In addition to criminal penalties, the liable motorist faces civil consequences. Pursuing compensation for a hit and run accident, however, can be incredibly difficult. It is crucial that you discuss your case with an experienced hit and run accident attorney in South Carolina.
Call Anastopoulo Law Firm at (800) 313-5984 to request a free consultation today.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Hit & Run Accident
Individuals involved in hit and run accidents have several options. First and foremost, you should make sure that you and anyone else in your vehicle or another involved vehicle are okay. Seek medical attention following the accident, even if you believe that your injuries are only 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, if you are involved in a hit and run accident, you should do the following:
- 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 hit and run driver and his/her vehicle to the police
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, take down their statements and contact information
- Report the accident to your own 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, property damage, and other damages. See our Uninsured & Underinsured Claims page or contact our office to learn more.
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 of 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 and help you on the path to healing.
When you turn to Anastopoulo Law Firm there are no upfront fees and you only pay if we recover compensation for you. Call (800) 313-5984 today.