WRAL reports that Curtis Durvell Wright, a 29-year old man from Fayetteville, North Carolina, was seriously injured on Friday, May 15, 2015, when he was hit by a silver Ford sedan while he was standing on the 4500 block of Ruby Road.
Authorities say Mr. Wright remains in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was transported from the scene. This accident remains under investigation and the driver of the Ford sedan has not been identified.
It is our sincere hope that Mr. Wright recovers from his injuries and that the police thoroughly investigate this accident and locate the driver of this vehicle. Hit-and-run accidents, those accidents where the driver leaves the scene of the accident without identifying him or herself, strike a chord with this firm because as plaintiff side personal injury lawyers we work to help the injured and powerless.
While a minority of hit-and-run accidents are a result of a driver not seeing a victim due to a medical condition or difficulty seeing the road at night, most hit-and-run accidents are caused by drivers who simply do not want to be held responsible for their actions and flee the scene. We pride ourselves in holding hit-and-run drivers accountable to their victims. Our firm and our investigators do the hard work of locating a driver that is responsible for a hit and run accident and making sure his insurance company does not escape liability.
What happens when a hit-and-run driver causes an injury, flees the scene, and is never located? In many circumstances there is still hope-through insurance available to the person struck by the hit-and-run driver under provisions of the "uninsured motorist insurance policy" that the injured person may have. If the injured person has their own car insurance policy, it must include an uninsured motorist coverage for instances where a negligent hit and run car driver leaves the scene and causes personal injuries. The other surprising part of the equation is your own insurance company cannot raise your premiums for making such a hit and run uninsured motorist claim, because insurance rates premiums cannot be raised simply for claiming coverage when you are not at fault, or in this circumstance when the injured person struck by a hit-and-run driver is hurt. The same rules apply if you are in a car that is struck by a hit-and-run driver but there needs to be actual contact between the vehicles in many states such as North Carolina.
The legal ramifications of a hit and run car accident are criminal and civil. Criminal, because under North Carolina law drivers have a duty to stop a vehicle that is involved in a crash, and civil, because an individual who suffers personal injuries as a result of a car accident can sue the party responsible within 3 years under North Carolina law. If you need a hit-and-run accident lawyer in North Carolina to take care of your civil claim or have any questions about the process, contact us at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan today.