Low unemployment and un-insured drivers are believed to contribute to rising rates of drivers fleeing the scene of an accident. More hit-and-run offenders are increasing the number of innocent victims.
Hit-and-run victims may never learn the identity of the negligent driver who caused the accident. Many crime reporting services encourage witnesses to report hit-and-run offenders in exchange for a cash reward, however since accidents happen so fast and injuries may leave victims unaware of their surroundings, accurate identification is very difficult. Anyone who has experienced a hit-and-run and doesn't know who the negligent driver is can follow these three tips:
- Check your insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage and PIP (person injury protection) can help cover the costs of lost wages, medical fees, accidental death and funeral expenses.
- Research Crime Victim Compensation. The National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards offers special programs that help hit-and-run accident victims partially pay for medical care, recovery and funeral expenses.
- Contact a personal injury attorney at Brent Adams & Associates. Personal injury attorneys at our Dunn, Fayetteville and Raleigh offices have a successful history of representing innocent hit-and-run victims.
A fatal hit-and-run happened in Halifax County recently. The offender's identity was discovered in this case. Luke Henry Harvey was charged with felony hit-and-run, driving with a revoked license and driving while impaired. He's faced similar charges multiple times since 1999, has four other convictions and has served a jail sentence. Even if you don't know the identity of the person who caused a hit-and-run that has affected your life or the life of a loved one, our personal injury attorneys can review your case and form a strategy for the highest compensation possible.