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What to Do If You've Been Involved in a Hit & Run

Posted by Blake Caulder | Feb 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

The number of hit and run accidents in North Carolina have been rising over the past decade. In 2016, there were approximately 15,000 hit and run accidents in the state. The aftermath of any traffic accident can be incredibly overwhelming. When the at-fault driver flees the scene of an accident, you may be worried that you won't be able to get the monetary damages you need to recover from the crash. Here are the things you need to do if you want to maximize the compensation you recover after a hit and run accident in North Carolina.

Write Down Details You Remember

Police will immediately begin to search for the hit and run driver that caused your accident. The more details you can provide about the driver and car, the better they will be able to do their job. When you are involved in a crash try to remember as much as you can about the other car. The make, model, and color of the car, description of the driver, and license plate information can help point police in the right direction. The sooner the hit and run driver is found, the sooner you can recover the compensation you deserve.

Call the Police Immediately

Call the police and report the hit and run accident as soon as you can. When police arrive on the scene they can begin to investigate the accident and search for the hit and run driver. Important evidence and details about your accident can begin to disappear shortly after the crash. Reporting the accident immediately will help to preserve valuable information that can help to ensure you are properly compensated for the damage you have sustained.

Get Checked Out By a Doctor

Car accidents are the leading cause of unexpected deaths and injuries in the United States. When you are involved in a car accident, it is incredibly important to seek medical attention as soon as you can, even if you don't think that you've really been hurt that badly. Car accidents often cause victims to suffer internal injuries. If these injuries are not diagnosed and treated right away, they can become life-threatening in the future. Getting a medical evaluation right after your accident helps in two ways: (1) it ensures your safety; and (2) it provides an official record of your injuries. This documentation will help to establish that the hit and run accident was the cause of your injuries.

Call an Attorney

As a hit and run accident victim, you have the right to seek monetary compensation from the at-fault driver. Since the driver has fled the scene of the accident, the process of recovering compensation can become more complicated than usual. The best thing you can do in this situation is to speak with an experienced North Carolina hit and run attorney. Getting an attorney involved early on in the process can help to preserve valuable evidence and increase the strength of any future claim you decide to file.

When you retain the personal injury attorneys at Caulder & Valentine to handle your case, we will help make sure that you are properly compensated for your injuries. We will thoroughly investigate your accident, gather information and evidence to support your claim, and fight to hold the hit and run driver responsible for their actions. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

About the Author

Blake Caulder

I am a North Carolina native who was born in Marion, but grew up in Rutherfordton. While I was truly blessed to be raised in a loving, caring, and stable home, I realized at a young age that not everyone had that opportunity and always had a heart to help my friends who were hurting. Upon graduating high school, I began working with my father who has a real estate office in Bat Cave, North Carolina, while at the same time, attending Gardner-Webb University. I was seeking what direction to go with my career. At the time, the most reasonable thing appeared to be to join my father in his real estate practice. But putting aside the financial aspect and given my passion to help people, I wanted to do something that would allow me take that passion to a whole other level. That's when I found the practice of law. Upon graduating from GWU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, I was accepted to Elon Law School and was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. After completing my first year of law school at Elon, I transferred to Charlotte School of Law to be closer to home and my wife. As an attorney, I genuinely care about each individual client. My first and foremost goal is to help every client achieve the best possible outcome in their case and I strive to make a difference in their lives. I practice in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, and estate planning. While attending law school, I acquired significant legal experience in multiple practice areas by interning with both the law firm of Tomblin, Farmer and Morris, PLLC and the legal department of Family Dollar. In addition, I defended clients in criminal cases through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic and provided legal services to individuals who were starting businesses through the school's Entrepreneurship Clinic. When I'm not practicing law, I love being involved in the community, participating in the local prison ministry and community service opportunities. I am very grateful to have a wonderful wife, Daniella, and we were blessed with our first child, Coleman Blake Caulder, in January 2015. Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Summa Cum Laude Class Rank – 1 of 328 Order of the Crown CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Criminal Procedure, Non-Profits, Estate Planning, Civil Rights Pro Bono Honors Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar South Carolina State Bar

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