Posted on December 21, 2017
Tis the season for holiday parties, family get-togethers and the panic of Christmas shopping. With poor road conditions in the wintertime and simply more cars flooding the roadways it means more accidents and typically more hit-and- run incidents. And a major factor adding to this dilemma is the increase in alcohol-impaired drivers on the road; leaving the office Christmas party or a night out on the town.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the Christmas season, an average of 45 fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver occurred each day, and soared to 54 per day over the New Year’s holiday.
“The problem is bigger than I think most people are aware,” according to Peter Kissinger, president, and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The foundation’s analysis of hit-and- run crashes found that about one-in- five of all pedestrian fatalities are hit-and- runs, and 60% of hit-and- run fatalities have pedestrians as victims, he says.
“Intoxication is a major, major part of the problem, from the driver’s perspective, especially. The main thing we can do as a society to sort of combat this problem is to simply be more alert as pedestrians,” Kissinger says.
But what do you do if you are involved in a hit-and- run accident, either as a pedestrian or as a driver? Oftentimes, the perpetrator is a drunk driver or someone driving without a license. Even if the at-fault driver is later caught, they may not have insurance to cover your bills. However, you may still be able to recover compensation from your own car insurance provider.
Your first step needs to be contacting our attorneys in Columbia, SC as soon as possible if you have been involved in a hit-and- run accident. We will immediately begin investigating your accident to preserve evidence and build a strong case for you.
There are two primary criteria that we will need to recover compensation for you:
1. An eye-witness who observed the hit-and- run.
2. Physical evidence showing that another car was involved in the accident
Physical evidence can be something as simple as some of the other car’s paint left on your car. Or in the case of a pedestrian hit-and- run, it can be the impact made to you which a physician could document that it was made by the substantial impact from a moving vehicle. Our personal injury attorneys and accident investigation experts will look at the physical evidence, take pictures and interview witnesses. Then we’ll bring this evidence — as well as evidence of your injury — to negotiations with your auto insurance company.
In the case of an underinsured/ uninsured motorist, most insurance policies will include coverage in these instances. We will review your car insurance policy to determine whether you have uninsured motorist insurance. Then, we will fight for the compensation you deserve under that policy. If the car insurance company does not agree to pay that amount, we will bring them to court.
During this season of celebration and family traditions, be aware of the increase of unsafe drivers on the road and take every precaution necessary. If you are involved in a hit-and- run accident, stay calm and remember what criteria you need to recover compensation that will pay your medical bills and repair your car. At Popowski, Callas & Shirley, P.A., we care about you and will fight for every dime that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803-799-2100.