Involved in a Hit and Run? Here is What to do

Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What happens if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance?”


With so many cars on the road, it is not surprising that traffic accidents are a common occurrence. Studies show that the number of car crashes in North Carolina is increasing. This includes the number of hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident is just as it sounds – after a car crash, a car flees the scene of an accident. Being involved in a car accident can result in serious injuries. When a driver flees the scene of a car accident, it becomes more difficult for any injured victims to get justice.


Hit-and-run-accident-Charlotte-Monroe-Lake-Norman-Personal-Injury-Attorney-300x217Since it is a complicated situation, if you are involved in a hit and run accident, there are steps that you must take to give yourself the best chance of recovering after the accident.


  • Seek Medical Attention: The first step following any car accident, not just a hit and run accident, is to seek medical attention for anyone who needs it. Even if you, or other passengers, do not need immediate attention, following up with your doctor after your accident is important to detect any injuries that may not be immediately apparent.
  • Report the Accident: Call 9-1-1 after being involved in an accident. Even if the other car flees the scene, it is important to file a police report. This creates a record of the accident that can be used later on. The police can come to the scene, gather information, and complete a report.
  • Document the Scene: While the police will make a report of the accident, it is important to keep your own records of the scene. Usually after an accident, you exchange information with the other parties involved. If the driver of the other vehicle flees the scene, this can not happen. Therefore, it is your responsibility to document all of the information yourself. Take photographs of the scene, take photographs of your vehicle damage, injuries, and write down any other details you remember. If there are witnesses to the accident, try to get their information. This can prove to be useful in any subsequent litigation following an accident. A witness could help to find the other driver and can attest to injuries that you might have.
  • Report the Accident to the Insurance Company: North Carolina is an at fault This means that you are able to recover for the damages that are caused by another party. Even though you do not have the information of the other party to report to your insurance company, you should still report the accident. Some insurance policies include coverage for hit and run accidents.


If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC. We know that recovering from a car accident can be difficult. We work to get you the compensation that you are entitled to following an accident. You do not have to face recovery alone, an experienced attorney can be an asset to your recovery. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe. Contact us, for a free consultation, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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