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Double Hit and Run in Burlington, North Carolina

What Happened

Two men were found lying unresponsive on South Graham Hopedale Road in Burlington, North Carolina (NC) on March 24, 2013. The hit and run accident took place in the 200 block of South Graham Hopedale Road, where the men were found in the southbound lane. Upon discovery of the men a good samaritan called 911, and the men were transferred to UNC Hospital. According to witnesses a man in a white SUV stopped at the scene, looked at the victims then drove away before police arrived. Other witnesses also say they saw another white car driver by the scene of the accident. Police are unsure if these drivers were involved in the accident but have begun to search for the vehicles to help further their investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The two victims are reported to be in stable condition as of March 26, 2013.

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The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

Its good news to hear the men are alive and in stable condition. The very nature of a hit and run accident typically has deadly results. According to government statistics 13 pedestrians die in vehicle crashes each day, or one pedestrian every 107 minutes. Though the two men survived the accident there is still a good chance they will face devastating injuries that may result in permanent disability. The traumatic effects of their injuries may affect their lifestyle, relationships, employment, and finances. In hit and run accidents that resulted in death, the victim’s family members are left with a lack of closure which can lead to the inability to work through the grieving process. As experienced North Carolina (NC) personal injury and wrongful death lawyers we are familiar with these situations and are able to offer support to those in need. It might be a common thought that since there is no one to hold accountable that all responsibility to pay for medical and recovery bills must come from the victim, however this is not the case. A pedestrian involved in a hit and run can utilize their uninsured/under insured motorist insurance, which provides coverage for hit and run accidents.

In a similar hit and run case a client and her husband were headed to go hunting early in the morning. On their way they were struck by the defendant who was likely drunk at the time. The defendant fled the scene, and was never found. Our firm launched our own investigation and found the identity of the man. The company that insured the vehicle did not want to pay any damages since there was no proof to place the defendant in the car. However we were able to convince the insurance company to pay, and obtained our client a sizable claim.

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