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  • The number of hit-and-run accidents rose 50% in 2017 from the year before.
  • There were more than 15,000 hit-and-runs in North Carolina in 2016.
  • Hit-and-run accidents totaled 13,612 in 2015.

 

Car accidents are frightening and stressful. They are loud, they are fast, and they are terrible for all involved. No one leaves their home expecting to be involved in a collision that day. Unfortunately, no one can predict when an accident will happen. Your entire life can change in the blink of an eye.

You know that when you are involved in an accident, (depending on the circumstances) you generally pull over and wait for police officers to arrive. But what happens when you are involved in a car accident and the other driver takes off? You may have an initial bout of panic, but don’t. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, even when the other driver doesn’t remain at the scene.

 

Following a Hit-and-Run Car Accident, you should:

  1. Get the license plate number of the other car if you are able to do so.
  2. Call 911 and report the accident. Be sure to tell the dispatcher that the other driver left and be prepared to provide a description of the vehicle and direction of travel.
  3. When the police arrive, be prepared to assist them with information they may request.
  4. Call your insurance company and make a claim.

If you are injured or your safety is at risk, all of this is secondary. In some cases, you won’t be able to get the license plate number of the other vehicle that left the scene. Don’t let that add to your anxiety or cause you to make any rash decisions that may affect your safety. Let the police do their job. Your first priority is ensuring that your medical needs and those of passengers in your vehicle are taken care of.

Just as there are things that you can do at the scene of the accident, there are things that you should not do.

 

Following a Hit-and-Run, you should NOT:

  1. Chase after the other driver.
  2. AGAIN, DO NOT CHASE AFTER THE OTHER VEHICLE!
  3. Block traffic. (If you can move your car safely, move it out of the way)

The majority of people involved in a vehicle collision remain on scene. They exchange information with other drivers and they wait for police to arrive. People typically leave the scene of an accident for one of several reasons including not having adequate insurance or a license to drive, they are driving a stolen vehicle or they already have legal issues that would prevent them from wanting to come into contact with law enforcement officers.

If they are ready to run from law enforcement, don’t think that they will pull over for you. It’s not worth the altercation and may only serve to make things worse.  Remember that your car’s damage is certainly important but it is not worth risking your safety over.  

 

Insurance or lack thereof?

Do not be overly concerned with not knowing the identity of the other driver or their potential lack of insurance coverage. A part of your policy may include coverage that protects you in cases where you are hit by an unknown or uninsured driver. If the other motorist is unknown or does not have insurance or has inadequate coverage, your own policy may very well kick in to protect you.

In summary, after a hit and run accident, do what you need to do to make sure that you and your passengers are safe, which includes calling 911, getting emergency medical treatment if necessary and getting to a place where you can safely wait for help. Also, we can’t say this enough: DO NOT CHASE AFTER THE OTHER DRIVER. Stay to wait for police to arrive to make sure that an accurate report is made.  Filing a correct report will be vital to any potential claims that you may have to file with appropriate insurance companies.

 

Speak to a Charlotte Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you were hurt in a hit and run accident, call a Charlotte car accident attorney. Experienced accident injury lawyers understand the nuances of hit-and-run accidents and will fight for your rights. You can expect your attorney and their team to learn as much as they can about your accident so they can advise you of your best options for moving forward after your hit and run motor vehicle / car accident. That may include investigating your accident to attempt to locate the unknown driver, interviewing witnesses or inspecting the accident scene.

If you have been involved in a hit and run in North Carolina, our team is here for you. You may be entitled to compensation for compensable damages related to your medical bills, lost wages pain and suffering or more. You and your family do not have to suffer financial difficulties because someone else chose to ignore the law while also jeopardizing your health and safety.

Reach out to our personal injury attorneys today for your free case evaluation. We are here for you now. Call 1-855-969-5730 for a free case evaluation and to see how we may be able to help you!

  • A woman in Los Angeles broke her arm in March after falling from a scooter.
  • A woman at UCLA was knocked unconscious after being hit by a rider on a scooter.
  • A woman encountered uneven pavement on a sidewalk in Santa Monica, falling off her scooter and breaking her arm.

Electric scooters have been in the news recently. No, they aren’t the hottest toy this holiday season, although Razor scooters are still popular among kids. These scooters are making the news because they are popping up on city streets across the United States.

From Santa Monica, California to Charlotte, North Carolina, these machines have been showing up on streets seemingly without notice. Go to bed in your urban apartment with an empty sidewalk in front of your window and you may wake up to a street lined with dozens of scooters.

Where are they coming from? It’s hard to tell which company put the first scooters out for the masses, but companies like Bird, Lime, Skip and Spin have all put their tiny vehicles on the street.

Download an app from one of the companies and you can pay for and ride a scooter for as long as you like. When you are done with your ride, simply park the scooter on the sidewalk, end your rental in the app, and walk away.

It sounds great, so what’s the problem? Injuries and liability are the issue, along with crowded city sidewalks that no one planned for. This is mainly because the scooter companies never asked for permission or waited until the use of the scooters were regulated before placing them in the excited hands of the public.

For now, the dangers are real and the companies behind the scooters are free from liability.

 

Recent Accidents

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, several people in California have been seriously injured as a result of an accident involving an electric scooter. Here are just a few of the accidents detailed.

  • The author of the article fell off of a scooter when a person wearing headphones didn’t hear her yelling about her presence and turned in front of her. The author went down, landing on both knees and hitting her head on the pavement. The helmet she was wearing may have saved her from further injury.
  • A woman swerved on her scooter to avoid striking a toddler. She fell forward and ended up breaking bones in her right arm. Her injuries required surgical intervention to repair. She must undergo physical therapy and is fighting with her insurance to determine who will pay for her medical bills.
  • A woman was walking down the street with her son when she was struck by a scooter rider. She was knocked unconscious and sustained a concussion. She was forced to miss work due to her injuries. She is considering a lawsuit against the scooter company.
  • A woman was riding a scooter when she encountered uneven pavement. She was tossed off her scooter when her backpack shifted. She broke her arm near her shoulder.

So what’s the issue with liability? In essence, when a person rents a scooter from one of the companies, they are agreeing that the company cannot be held liable for any accidents they are involved in. Unless the scooter itself malfunctions and leads to an accident, the companies who rent them out cannot be held responsible for any financial damage that arises from an accident.

If a person is involved in an accident on an electric scooter they have rented, they may be able to sue the at-fault party, assuming that there is indeed someone else at fault. When the person falls off the scooter or makes an evasive maneuver that results in an accident, they may have no recourse at all.

As a Charlotte personal injury attorney, we believe it is in anyone’s best interest who decides to ride one of these electric scooters down the block or for several miles to heed a few safety tips.

 

  1. Stay Aware

Keep your eyes open and stay aware of your surroundings. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, but some can be avoided.

Watch for uneven pavement, sewer grates that can catch small wheels, and pedestrians who aren’t paying attention to you. If you know what’s coming at you, you have time to react accordingly.

 

  1. Mind Your Speed

Don’t hop on an electric scooter for the first time and think you are invincible. Scooters take practice and going too fast can put you in harm’s way.

Don’t hit top speeds until you’ve gotten a feel for the scooter and how it reacts.

 

  1. Beware of Wet Pavement

You know that your vehicle’s tires can slip when the pavement is wet, but so can a scooter’s. In fact, the small wheels on a scooter may slip and slide across wet pavement more readily than a vehicle’s tires.

Avoid riding in the rain or on wet pavement.

 

Our Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyers are Here for You

If you are involved in a scooter accident in Charlotte, you are not without recourse. You may not be able to sue the rental company, but you may be able to seek compensation from the person responsible for your accident if it wasn’t you.

Reach out to the team at Auger and Auger for a free case evaluation. As a team of Charlotte personal injury attorneys, we know what it takes to make things right. Don’t assume that you have to absorb the financial damage caused by your accident without first speaking to our experienced attorneys.

 

If someone else was responsible for your accident, we believe they should be held accountable, and we will fight to make that happen.

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