As a driver in South Carolina, you could end up in a hit-and-run accident. No one plans for a car crash, but that does not mean you cannot prepare for one. Knowing how to protect your rights after someone causes a hit-and-run is important. At DeBerry Law Firm, LLC, we understand the state’s hit-and-run laws, and know how to help injured victims recover damages.

South Carolina is a tort-based car insurance state. Drivers in the state must seek damage recovery from the at-fault driver. The driver that caused the wreck will be financially responsible for related property damage repairs, medical expenses, lost wages and other losses. If the at-fault driver breaks state laws and flees the scene, however, he or she may unfairly escape liability.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 44 fatal hit-and-run accidents occurred in South Carolina in 2016. Unfortunately, authorities cannot always solve hit-and-run cases due to lack of evidence. If you become the victim of a hit-and-run, you might think you will have to pay out of pocket for your damages. This is not always the case.

South Carolina requires drivers to carry uninsured motorist insurance. This insurance means your own auto insurer will pay for your damages after a hit-and-run. Filing a claim with your insurance provider could give you compensation for your damages according to the amount of coverage you have purchased, even without the at-fault driver available.

You may also have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the city, an automaker or another party if it caused or contributed to your car accident. A negligence-based suit could result in additional financial compensation. More information about this topic is available on our webpage.