Injured From a Hit and Run with a Drunk Driver, How Do I Report Them?
You are not legally obligated to report every car accident you get into in South Carolina. However, it is still in your best interest to report an accident, especially if you are not at fault for the crash, for insurance purposes. But all drivers who get into a crash are legally required to report it right away if someone is injured or killed.
The fastest and easiest way to report a crash if you get injured in a hit-and-run accident with a drunk driver is to dial 911. If, for some reason, that is not possible, you can head to the local police department, the nearest county sheriff’s office, or the South Carolina Highway Patrol office as soon as possible.
What Happens After I Report The Hit and Run Crash?
The police take hit-and-run crashes, especially involving drunk drivers, very seriously. Apart from contacting emergency medical personnel or giving basic first aid, depending on the circumstances, they will also do the following after you report the crash:
- Interview you, any passengers, and eyewitnesses to get as many details about the vehicle and the hit-and-run driver.
- Locate the hit-and-run driver by immediately pursuing them and getting video footage of the crash from traffic cameras or surveillance cameras from nearby businesses or homes.
What Else Should I Do After Reporting a Hit and Run with a Drunk Driver?
First things first, you must never attempt to follow the hit-and-run driver, even if you believe you can catch up to them. Drivers who flee car accident scenes may be dangerous and, in this case, possibly aggressive because they are drunk. They may be running from the police, have just committed a crime, or know that they’ll get in legal trouble because they are drunk. Let the police pursue them.
Instead, you should memorize or write down the vehicle’s model, make, color, license plate, and any other significant details. You can also take a photo or video of the hit-and-run driver’s vehicle and note where the vehicle is headed. These details will help the police in finding the hit-and-run driver.
You must then get medical attention as soon as possible, even if you feel that you only suffered very minor injuries or do not feel any pain. Some injury symptoms may take some time to manifest, and you could be suffering from a severe injury without even knowing it. Getting medical attention will also leave a paper trail proving your injuries, which will be crucial to your injury claim.
Lastly, you should consider talking to a South Carolina car accident lawyer. They may be able to help the police locate the driver and determine the best sources of compensation available to you whether or not the police find the hit-and-run driver.
Discuss Your Case With a Skilled South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Today
Learn more about what our South Carolina car accident lawyer can do for you after suffering injuries in a hit-and-run with a drunk driver. Schedule your appointment by reaching the Law Office of Craig Brown online or calling 843-676-0169.