On average in South Carolina, one person is injured every 8.7 minutes and one person is fatally injured every 8.9 hours in car accidents, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety's (SCDPS) Traffic Collision Fact Book 2017.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you know to pursue the at-fault driver for the financial aftermath of the collision. Do you know what to do if the accident was caused by a hit and run driver in Anderson? When a driver causes an accident and flees the scene without accepting responsibility, you do not have to bear the costs of the accident on your own.
You are entitled to financial compensation under certain circumstances, even if the driver who caused the accident leaves the scene. Contact the personal injury team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333 to find out how an Anderson hit and run accident lawyer can help you identify and locate the at-fault driver. You could pursue compensation from your own insurance company while we search.
Get Our Team Involved Right Away
When you are injured in a hit and run (or any car accident), you are entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault driver. Building a solid lawsuit against the at-fault driver and proving the full financial impact of your injuries takes time. It involves:
- Tracking down the at-fault driver in a hit and run accident
- Recovering from the physical damage of the accident
- Building a complete case file of supporting documents
Even though building a personal injury lawsuit takes time, SC Code §15-3-530 generally limits your ability to file your lawsuit to three years. If you do not file your lawsuit within the allotted amount of time, you will not be able to file it at all. The at-fault driver will not have to pay for the financial consequences of his negligence, in this case.
Learning the full financial impact of a car accident in which you were involved also takes time, because it means waiting for bills and receipts to come in. When a member of our team represents you, we make sure your claim is assessed so that you do not run out of time to file your lawsuit.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages You Can Recoup
You are entitled to financial compensation for the economic and non-economic expenses and losses of a hit and run accident. Calculating those costs on your own can be complicated. With the help of an Anderson hit and run accident lawyer, you can create a complete and accurate record of your potentially recoverable damages. According to SC Code § 15-32-210, your recoverable damages include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future loss of income
- Current and future rehabilitation services
- In-home domestic services
- Physical pain and suffering
- Physical disability and disfigurement
- Mental and emotional distress
When our team goes to work on your claim, we make sure nothing is overlooked when valuing your claim. You should not pay for an accident you did not cause. Contact the case review team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333 to reach a team member today.
Your Crash Report Can Help Identify the Hit and Run Driver
In Anderson, filing a crash report after a car accident is mandatory if anyone involved in the accident was injured or died. If you were injured in the collision, you are required to file a crash report with the police under SC Code § 56-5-1260.
Regardless of whether a crash report was mandatory in your case, it is valuable. It can tell your lawyer if police found and collected dropped car parts (or other debris) that can help identify the car that hit yours. This can include license plates or other parts that contain serial or VIN numbers. In addition, your crash report will help your lawyer locate and identify witnesses who can provide descriptions of the vehicle and driver.
Do not overlook the value of your crash report and its ability to help your lawyer locate and identify the at-fault hit and run driver. Your crash report can also help you prove the accident was not your fault and that you are entitled to compensation from the uninsured or underinsured driver portion of your policy.
Obtain Copies of Your Medical Records
Injuries you suffer in a car accident can require costly medical care which the at-fault driver in your hit and run collision should be responsible for. You may have suffered:
- Whiplash and a concussion that requires prolonged rest and immobilization
- Broken bones and fractures that require casts and possible surgery
- Sprains and strains that require braces and pain medications
- Spinal cord injuries that require surgery and physical rehabilitation
Your medical records will help your lawyer assess the value of your injuries, the cost of your emergency and current medical care, and the anticipated cost of your future medical care. Your lawyer can make sure any financial recovery you receive includes the cost of future care until you are fully recovered.
In addition to medical treatment for your injuries, your lawyer can help you recover the cost of the income your injuries cause you to lose when they prevent you from returning to work.
We Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
When you are injured in a hit and run accident, our legal team will help you fight to identify the at-fault driver and get the compensation you are entitled to. Our team provides assistance that provides a small firm feel with big firm experience.
Find out how an Anderson hit and run accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the personal injury team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333.