North Carolina Hit-And-Run Injury Lawyers
It all happened so fast.
The crunching steel and plastic.
The squealing tires.
You looked around expecting to see the vehicle that hit you, but it was nowhere to be found.
You were the victim of a hit-and-run.
The folks responsible for your accident are long gone but you do not have to face the aftermath of your accident alone. The experienced lawyers of Roberts & Harris PC are here to guide you through the legal process, make sure you have the medical treatment you need, and fight for the full financial compensation necessary to make things right for you and your family. We are well-equipped to slay the insurance dragons that stand between you and a just outcome; our team of attorneys includes a former insurance company defense attorney who can work to beat them at their own game.
Ready to get the help you need? You can get started with one phone call. Call 877-404-1138 today for a free initial consultation with an accomplished personal injury lawyer from our firm.
What Is A Hit-And-Run Accident?
A hit-and-run accident is an accident where one of the drivers leaves the scene of the accident. It is customary that both drivers and passengers remain on the scene to make sure no one is hurt, exchange information, and speak to responding officers. A hit-and-run is not only cowardly, but it is also illegal. Unfortunately, the odds of successfully tracking down a hit-and-run driver is low unless an eyewitness or traffic camera captures a license plate number or any other identifying feature.
Who Is At Fault In A Hit-And-Run Accident
There are two prongs of responsibility in a hit-and-run scenario. First is fault for the crash itself. The fact that someone left the scene has no bearing on the responsibility for the initial motor vehicle accident. For example, someone could be hit by a negligent driver changing lanes without a signal. If the victim drives away without exchanging information of filing a report, the negligent driver left behind is still at fault for the actual accident.
Second comes the fault for leaving the scene. It is against the law to leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident and fault for that lies squarely in the court of the driver who left the scene. However, that potential criminal liability is not the focus of a hit-and-run accident claim. The focus of your claim will be pursuing the financial compensation you are entitled to for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages and other accident-related damages.
What To Do After A Hit-And-Run Accident
“I guess I’m simply out of luck then.”
Not so fast. This is where having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can make the difference between having the resources you need or being left holding the bag after a hit-and-run accident. Our attorneys are skilled at navigating the legal system and insurance policies to find all available sources of financial compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your hit-and-run accident, compensation could come from your own insurance company, a responsible third-party once they are identified, or even workers’ compensation benefits if you were driving for work.
If you have been hurt in a hit-and-run accident, witness testimony may be important. If you were able to get the names of people who witnessed the accident, it is important to provide that information to your attorney. Police reports can also serve as important evidence, as well as pictures from the crash scene or footage from traffic cameras in the area. Even if there are no witnesses, no traffic camera footage, and no police report, it may still be possible to get you the financial resources you need to be made whole again.
Does Car Insurance Cover Hit-And-Run Accidents?
Yes, and in more ways than you might think.
The auto insurance of the at-fault driver is typically the source used to financially compensate the accident victim. Unfortunately, this is not an option in a hit-and-run accident when the driver is not identified. However, you may be able to pursue compensation through your own auto insurance policy to cover your medical bills, lost earnings and other damages. This comes via uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage was designed with hit-and-run accidents, drunk driving accidents and other accidents with irresponsible drivers in mind. The purpose is to make sure financial resources are available for you in the event you are hit by a hit-and-run driver or any deadbeat driver who lacks adequate liability coverage.
Our firm’s attorneys will explore all available sources of compensation, including your own auto insurance policy. We will focus on the insurance coverage issues so you can focus on getting better and being there for your loved ones.