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Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer > Moncks Corner Hit & Run Accident Lawyer

Moncks Corner Hit & Run Accident Lawyer

Frequently, law enforcement investigators do not resolve these accidents in criminal court. But a Moncks Corner hit & run accident lawyer keeps working for victims.

Frequently, law enforcement investigators have no physical evidence or leads to work with. When tortfeasors (negligent drivers) leave the scene of an accident, they usually leave quickly and leave nothing behind. Furthermore, especially if the accident happened at night, no credible witnesses saw the wreck.

Law enforcement investigators begin at ground level and have a very high mountain to climb. Prosecutors must present overwhelming evidence to convict defendants. Therefore, many law enforcement investigators quickly close hit & run files so they can move on to other matters.

Attorneys must only prove negligence, or a lack of care, by a preponderance of the evidence, or more likely than not. So, the mountain is not as steep. Furthermore, unlike police investigators, personal injury attorneys keep climbing.

Moncks Corner Hit & Run Accident Lawyers and Hit & Run Injuries

Before we go further, we should quickly mention that, under South Carolina law, both drivers in an accident have a legal duty to stop, render aid if possible, exchange information, call 9-1-1, and remain at the scene until first responders release them.

Hit & run injuries are always serious. They’re especially serious if the victim was a pedestrian. Since pedestrians are completely unprotected from oncoming cars, they usually sustain catastrophic injuries, like:

  • Internal Injuries: Exsanguination (excessive blood loss) is usually the official cause of death in fatal pedestrian accident claims. The force of the collision causes massive internal bleeding. Usually, the source of this bleeding is very hard to spot. This bleeding is also very hard to stop.
  • Broken Bones: Broken bones and exsanguination are often related. The massive force of an impact shatters the victim’s bones, causing tiny fragments to pierce internal organs. Since internal organs do not have protective skin layers, even a tiny pinprick abrasion normally bleeds profusely.
  • Head Injuries: These wounds are also motion related. When pedestrian victims fall, their brains violently slam against their skulls. This brutal impact usually causes permanent head injuries. Dead brain cells normally do not regenerate. Degenerative brain injuries kill tens of thousands of Americans every year.

Only a doctor who focuses on injury-related conditions can adequately diagnose and treat such injuries. Usually, a Moncks Corner hit & run lawyer connects these victims with such doctors. As a bonus, these doctors normally charge nothing upfront for their professional services.

Evidence in Hit & Run Cases

Even if a personal injury lawyer has no evidence to go on initially, compensation is usually available in these matters.

As mentioned, the burden of proof in a civil claim is only more likely than not. So, in most cases, a lawyer must only identify the vehicle’s owner. It’s more likely than not that the owner was driving a vehicle at a particular time, even if the owner has a plausible alibi.

Assume a hit & run witness gave a vague vehicle description, like a dark sedan, to a law enforcement investigator. An attorney looks at footage from a camera several blocks from the accident scene. It’s a dark sedan with some front-end damage that’s consistent with the wreck. It’s more likely than not that this vehicle was the hit & run vehicle. Even if the camera only captured a partial plate number, it’s relatively easy to locate the owner.

If a lawyer proves negligence, compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

Count on a Dedicated Berkeley County Lawyer

Injury victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Moncks Corner hit & run accident lawyer, contact The Stanley Law Group. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.

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