After a Summerville, South Carolina (SC), bike rider suffered serious injuries in a rear-end collision on Farmington Road on the night of Friday, January 23, 2017, Berkeley County police and state troopers spent the weekend looking for a pickup truck driver who fled the scene. The hit-and-run crash happened near the intersection of State Stone Driver, and the bicyclist is expected to recover physically.
Law enforcement officials have asked people to be on the lookout for a newer white Dodge pickup that is missing its right side view mirror and has substantial damage to it right front quarter panel. Tracking down the alleged hit-and-run driver will help the injured bike rider file and collect on insurance claims from the person who should pay. It will also allow courts to hold the driver accountable for inflicting injuries on another person and negligently driving on without stopping to check on the victim and offer aid.
If the at-fault driver cannot be located, the injured bicyclist may be able to invoke the uninsured motorists (UIM) provisions of his own auto insurance policy to have his hospital bills, lost wages and other crash-related costs covered. UIM coverage can literally serve as a financial lifeline, but insurance companies subject such claims to the same degree of scrutiny they apply to claims from third parties. Working with a experienced Carolina personal injury lawyer will help the bike rider hurt in this hit-and-run wreck meet any challenge raised by either the at-fault driver's insurance representatives or the claims investigators for his own insurer.