man with head in hands after hit and run

If you are involved in a car accident – and perhaps injured – you know how stressful and traumatic it can be. If the other driver leaves the scene, you may feel even more distressed. You are left alone and definitely in need of help.

A hit and run accident is one in which one of the involved drivers leaves the scene of the accident without providing identification to the police or other involved drivers. These accidents are surprisingly common, comprising about 11% of U.S. car crashes each year (NHTSA).

Drivers who leave the scene often have something to hide, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a poor driving history, or a criminal record.

Responsibilities of Drivers

South Carolina law requires that all drivers involved in an auto accident stop. You must remain at the scene even if you believe that the accident was not your fault. Drivers must provide name, address, and vehicle registration number, as well as driver’s license number if requested.

Drivers must also give aid to anyone who is injured, usually by calling 911 and requesting emergency transport to the hospital.

There are serious penalties for leaving the scene of an accident – a “hit and run” – including heavy fines, possible prison time, and driver’s license suspension.

What To Do If Another Driver Leaves the Accident Scene

Do not leave the scene yourself. Never try to chase a driver who has left the accident scene, as this may put you in a risky situation.

Rangeley Bailey

After joining the Jebaily Law Firm of Florence in 2003, she has been able to do precisely that. Her practice focuses on clients who need help with Social Security Disability and people that have been injured in car accidents and other injury cases. “I enjoy helping people,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know them and understanding the challenges they face and figuring out the best way to help them.”