Our Asheville Law Firm Helps You Get Compensation for a Hit-and-run Accident
Protect your rights to recover damages
A hit-and-run accident can leave you with a devastating financial mess unless you take the right actions to protect yourself. Hensley Cloninger, P.C. has 29 years of experience and focuses our practice exclusively on personal injury recovery. We help you pursue the compensation you deserve even if the hit-and-run driver is never caught.
North Carolina laws regarding fleeing the scene of an accident
North Carolina General Statute § 20‑166 imposes a duty on all drivers to stop at an accident in which their vehicle is involved. A driver who leaves the scene may be charged with a crime, in addition to being held civilly liable for injuries and property damage. Unfortunately, law enforcement may never apprehend a hit-and-run driver, and, even if they succeed in making a quick arrest, the motorist is likely to be one of the eight percent of NC drivers who are uninsured.
What to do after a hit-and-run accident
Your quick response to a hit-and-run car accident can make a difference in your health and your legal claim. You can protect yourself from injuries and help police officers in their search for the fleeing motorist by taking these important steps:
- Do not chase the driver — this may put you and other drivers at risk
- Note the car’s license plate state and number and the vehicle’s make, model and color
- Call police immediately to report the incident, including the location of the accident, the direction the automobile was traveling and any identifying information you can provide
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- File a claim with your insurance company
- Consult with our attorneys about your rights
Uninsured motorist coverage
Your insurance company classifies a hit-and-run driver as uninsured. This means you may have coverage under your uninsured motorist policy. This is true even if you are a pedestrian who was injured by the hit-and-run driver.
Know your options if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident
Get the information you need to recover compensation if the driver fled the scene of the accident. Call Hensley Cloninger, P.C. at 828-348-0092 or contact us online to schedule your free initial appointment with our hard-hitting lawyers. We handle your hit-and-run accident claim on contingency — meaning you do not pay us until we recover money for you.