Authorities have charged a local man with hit and run after an accident on Haywood. According to the Citizen-Times, the 26-year-old driver was also charged with resisting arrest and malicious conduct by a prisoner as well as driving while impaired.
It all happened when the driver slammed into a parked car by the Music Hall and the Isis Restaurant on Haywood. That vehicle was pushed into two other parked cars. It happened around 10:15 p.m. Officers say that two of the vehicles suffered some serious damage. Unfortunately, those drivers will have to worry about collecting compensation for their damages from a locked-up criminal.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that the driver just kept on going. He went off the road on Sand Hill where he hit a tree head-on and came to rest. The driver only suffered minor injuries. Luckily, no one else was injured in this incident.
According to North Carolina state law, a driver is required to provide their name, address, driver’s license number and the license plate number of his vehicle to the driver or occupants of any other vehicle involved in the accident or collision or to any person whose property is damaged in the accident or collision.
Unfortunately, the number of hit-and-run accidents has been on the rise. We’ve actually seen a near 20 percent increase since 2000. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a majority of hit and run accidents result in property damage. Many drivers believe that if no one saw, then no one is going to be reprimanded for their actions. Unfortunately, the victims of these kinds of accidents are left dealing with the fallout, both emotionally and financially. That’s why hit-and-run accidents usually come with some prison time and with a number of fines.
The problem is that these irresponsible drivers can be hard to hunt down. Even if you can identify the vehicle involves, there are some areas that require a witness to determine who was responsible. An eye witness can oftentimes be critical in pressing charges.
The truth of the matter is that every victim of a hit-and-run accident has the right to pursue a case in court to cover medical expenses, repairs and other aspects influenced by the accident.
Why do drivers flee the scene of an accident?
-They may not be properly insured.
-They might be in some kind of legal trouble already.
-They may be living in the US illegally.
-The driver may have struck a pedestrian or a bicyclist.
-They may not have a valid driver’s license.
-They were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
-There is a warrant out for the driver’s arrest.
If you were involved in an accident with a hit-and-run driver, get in touch with an aggressive attorney today to help to get the compensation you deserve. Don’t get left in the dark.
You or a loved one encounter a hit-and-run driver? Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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