Since 2005 there have been over 62,000 hit-and-run accidents in North Carolina, according to the NC Department of Transportation. Many drivers flee the scene of an accident because they're drinking and driving. Other times they don't have car insurance, a valid license, or have another record with law enforcement officials. Victims of hit-and-run accidents suffer property damage, pain and suffering and possible long-term disabilities. In some situations, like a recent Rocky Mount hit-and-run, victims aren't able to survive with their life.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in NC
A Battleboro, NC resident, Madison Earl Howlett, is being charged with involuntary manslaughter and a felony hit-and-run. Currently there is a warrant for Howlett's arrest. Howlett's vehicle hit Edward Whitaker near a gas station in Rocky Mount, which caused catastrophic internal injuries.
Raleigh Hit-and-Run Attorneys
Car accident attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates in Raleigh, Dunn and Fayetteville help North Carolina hit-and-run victims. With over 30 years of experience, Brent Adams & Associates has successfully helped clients battle with insurance companies for the compensation they rightfully deserve.
Damages from Car Accidents
Oftentimes, a car wreck leaves a driver and passengers in compromising situations. Car accident victims juggle mounting medical bills, car body repairs with collision shops (or total car replacement), lost work, permanent physical handicaps and emotional distress. Brent Adams & Associates' accident attorneys have a few tips for North Carolina hit-and-run victims to help them learn their rights:
- Report hit-and-run drivers. If you were able to identify the year, make, model or license plate number-or know who was responsible for the hit-and-run-report it to authorities. The more people who are prosecuted, the less likely future drivers will run from accidents.
- Check your insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage provides protection when the at-fault driver is never identified or if they are not insured. Property damages and bodily harm should be covered under this policy for the driver as well as any passengers of the vehicle.
- Research the at-fault driver's employment. If you are able to identify the at-fault driver's identity, learn where they work and what their hours are. Some accidents are covered by the employer if the accident took place during the at-fault driver's work hours. Also, the registered owner of a car is liable for damages. If the at-fault driver was operating a company vehicle the employer shares responsibility.