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Any traffic collision in Greenville has the potential to cause injuries severe enough to be life-changing. But when the driver who caused the accident immediately flees the scene, the situation can start to feel impossible. Is there any hope of recovering the money you need to pay for the expenses you were left with through no fault of your own?
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run collision, the experienced Greenville car crash lawyers at The Melonakos Law Firm understand the stress you are feeling. We are prepared to provide the help you need to pursue the compensation you deserve, even if that means looking for other sources beyond the at-fault driver.
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Under the South Carolina Code of Law, Section 56-5-1220, any driver involved in an accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage must immediately stop as close to the scene as safely as possible. If they fail to do so, they can be charged with a hit-and-run violation. The law applies whether the accident involves other individuals, vehicles (attended or unattended), or any other type of property.
South Carolina has strict penalties for drivers who flee the scene of an accident. These penalties are as follows:
Despite these penalties, hit-and-run accidents remain far more common than they should be. In a single recent year, South Carolina saw 3,932 hit-and-run incidents, 729 of which led to injuries. Eleven people lost their lives in hit-and-run crashes that year.
South Carolina law stipulates that you must immediately notify the police of any motor vehicle accident that results in injury or loss of life.
Additionally, if the driver is eventually found and you wish to take legal action against them, the general statute of limitations is three years from the date of your injury. In other words, you must file your lawsuit within three years of the crash. In wrongful death cases, you have three years from the date of your loved one’s passing.
Responsible drivers may struggle to imagine why someone would flee the scene of an accident. However, people become fearful for various reasons after they have caused a collision, particularly if they fall into one or more of these categories:
Regardless of a driver’s reason for fleeing an accident, the law is clear. The authorities will use available evidence to identify and apprehend the driver. If this search is successful, you can file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company or a lawsuit against the driver.
However, there are many cases where the police cannot find the hit-and-run driver. Nevertheless, you still have options to recover compensation for your losses in the hit-and-run crash.
South Carolina law requires all drivers to carry uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. UM coverage applies if an accident with an uninsured driver causes you injury or leads to property damage. It also applies to hit-and-run accidents in which the authorities cannot locate the at-fault party.
While you may be relieved to realize that UM coverage can help, you might still feel overwhelmed with the process of filing a claim. Furthermore, the insurance adjuster may not be particularly forthright when negotiating for the compensation you need. That is true even though you are dealing with “your” insurance company. Insurers are primarily interested in avoiding large payouts, so they may attempt to undervalue your claim.
The skilled lawyers at The Melonakos Law Firm have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies. We are committed to fighting for our clients’ best interests – not the insurance company’s.
If you have suffered injuries in a hit-and-run car accident, you most likely deserve compensation for your losses. The Melonakos Law Firm can help you fight for compensation to offset medical expenses, lost wages due to missed time at work, pain, suffering, and more.
Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced Greenville hit-and-run car accident lawyers during a free consultation.