Asheville, NC- Fatal hit-and-run accidents have been steadily rising over the past six years increasing from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2012, the latest year for which data is available. This is despite the fact fatal collisions overall are on the decline. Hit-and-run accidents can have tragic consequences for the victims as two recent Asheville accidents demonstrate.
The most recent collision occurred in earlier this month and left two people suffering serious injuries. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that on May 3rd around 9 p.m. on Hendersonville Road in Arden, a 48-year-old man struck two pedestrians, leaving them both with serious injuries.
Police located the driver thanks to witnesses and later discovered he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. This is often the case in hit-and-run accidents according to AAA who says that unlicensed and younger drivers are also prone to leaving the scene.
Another Asheville hit-and-run, which occurred in late March in western Buncombe County, involved a young driver. According to the Asheville-Citizen Times, a 21-year-old female was traveling on U.S. 19/23 when she struck a moped and failed to stop.
The 35-year-old man on the moped survived the crash, but died while he was being transported to the hospital. Again, witnesses helped police locate the at-fault driver and she was charged with felony hit-and-run.
Leaving the scene of an accident always makes things worse for the driver if they are found, and they often are. Under North Carolina law, a person who fails to remain on the scene of an accident involving a personal injury or death can be charged with a felony. This action also makes the civil penalties higher since it is typically viewed as egregious behavior.
Fortunately for the victims of these two fatal hit-and-run accidents, the responsible drivers have been located and they know who is responsible. This will make it easier for the victims to get the compensation they need for their medical care. But what happens when the driver cannot be located? Who must pay for the accident victim’s injuries?
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident in Asheville, USAttorneys encourages you to speak with our personal injury attorney so they can outline the options you have to obtain compensation. If the at-fault driver has been located, you can pursue compensation from them, but if not then you must
Whether you have to make a claim with your insurer or with the at-fault party’s insurer, there are numerous advantages to having a North Carolina accident attorney working on your claim. For one, you will have someone who can negotiate for a better settlement than you can achieve on your own. They understand how to successfully negotiate for the amount you truly need for your present and future medical costs along with how much you deserve for your mental anguish. Another advantage of having an attorney assist you with your injury is that you will have someone who is already familiar with the details of your accident if the settlement offers you receive are less than you deserve and wish to take your case to trial.

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