If the other driver left the scene of the accident in which you got hurt, a Greenville hit and run accident lawyer could help you pursue various options for recovering your losses. Many people assume that there is no hope for compensation if the other driver flees, but sometimes it is possible to go after money damages.
At the Hammack Law Firm, we know that you have already suffered physical pain, inconvenience, and financial loss. We are caring and supportive toward our clients. We work hard to get you every dollar of compensation that you deserve so that you can rebuild your life.
You will not have to pay upfront legal fees. If we take your injury claim, our legal fees will come out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the case. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation.
What Happens When the Hit and Run Driver Gets Caught
It might take a few weeks or months, but sometimes, law enforcement catches hit and run drivers. You can increase the chances of the police finding the hit and run driver in your situation by making a mental note of as many details as possible at the scene of the crash. Write down those things right away before the memory fades. The tiniest detail might be the thing that helps the detectives locate the driver.
When the police apprehend the hit and run driver, the driver’s automobile liability policy can help cover your losses, just as with any accident. The fact that the at-fault driver got charged with a crime of illegally leaving the scene of an accident does not take away your right to financial compensation.
Sometimes people leave the scene of an accident because they do not have car insurance. In this situation, we can evaluate whether it makes sense to go after the driver’s personal assets or if the driver has other coverage—like an umbrella liability rider to the homeowner’s insurance—that could help pay your damages.
Uninsured motorist coverage is mandatory in South Carolina on your car insurance policy, so that protection should help pay some of your losses. We can help you assert the claim against your insurer just like you are pursuing the at-fault driver, and it should not increase your insurance premiums. Uninsured motorist coverage often has lower limits, however, so it might not pay for everything. Also, your medical payments (also called med pay) coverage on your policy could help with your medical expenses.
How to Get Help with Your Losses if the Hit and Run Driver Does Not Get Caught
Insurance companies treat hit and run accidents the same as uninsured motorist claims if the driver escapes capture indefinitely. Your uninsured motorist and med pay coverage can provide you with assistance. However, to recover against a hit and run driver you will need to prove clear physical contact with the other vehicle or have an independent witness. You are also required to notify law enforcement of the accident within a reasonable time period or your claim may be barred.
Insurance coverage questions can give a person a headache on a good day. You do not need to worry. A Greenville hit and run accident lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm can review your insurance policies to discover your potential benefits. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to get started.
Three Things to Do After a Hit and Run Accident in Greenville
You probably already got medical attention before reading this information. If not, you should get treatment for your injuries at once. You might have hidden injuries that you have not yet noticed, like internal bleeding or head trauma. The emergency room or urgent care center, whichever is appropriate in your situation, can perform a thorough trauma assessment.
Retain Legal Representation
Talk to a lawyer right away. Our state gives injured people very little time to file lawsuits seeking compensation. As the American Bar Association explains, once the deadline passes, you can lose the right to seek compensation from the party who injured you.
Listen to Your Doctor
Finish your medical treatment. You should not settle your injury claim until you complete your medical treatment, and your doctor releases you. Imagine your dismay if you resolve your claim too early, and then your doctor tells you that you need surgery to repair your injuries. The defendant’s insurance company will not pay you any more money after you settle. You would have to pay the medical bills yourself.
Do Not Speak to Insurance Companies
Be on guard against tactics the insurance company’s claims adjuster might try to use to settle your case for less than it is worth, like a lowball offer. People who try to handle their car accident injury claims without a lawyer do not have a reliable way to determine the value of their cases. They often find out later that they should have received much more money for their losses.
These are but a few examples of suggested steps you might want to consider taking after a hit and run accident. You should always do what makes sense in your situation.
How Much Compensation You Can Get for Hit and Run Accident Injuries
We cannot say how much money you can go after for your losses from a hit and run accident without first talking to you and investigating your situation. When you win your personal injury case, you can get money damages for the harm you suffered.
Here are some of the types of money damages we have won for our clients:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Long-term care
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangibles
Every injury claim is different. The amount of money damages you can go after will depend on the facts of your situation.
Getting Help from a Lawyer
Recuperating from the physical and emotional harm after a hit and run accident can take all of a person’s time and energy. You should not have to battle an insurer on top of trying to heal and get your life back to normal.
A Greenville hit and run car accident lawyer can advocate for you and deal directly with the other parties on your behalf. At the Hammack Law Firm, our clients know that they can focus on getting better because we are taking care of their legal matters.
You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to find out how we can help you.