Two moped riders sustained serious injuries when their motorbike was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of Edgefield Road and Belvedere Clearwater Road in North Augusta, South Carolina (SC), in the early morning of November 22, 2014. The driver of the larger vehicle fled the scene before emergency responders arrived, and police have asked anyone with information about a gray 2011-2013 GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado recently involved in a wreck to call Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC (275-6372).
Reports do not specify what kinds of injuries the people on the moped suffered. My Carolina personal injury law firm colleagues know from years of experience helping other victims of crashes between bikes and automobiles, however, that broken bones, amputations and traumatic brain injuries often result. Even if the wounds incurred are not that life-altering, we wish the people hurt in this hit-and-run collision full and rapid recoveries.
We also understand that covering accident-related medical expenses and making up wages lost to injury will not be easy. Finding the at-fault driver so he or she can be held accountable is the first difficulty. If the person is identified but lacks adequate automobile insurance coverage, another complication would arise. Hopefully the victims carried uninsured motorist coverage through their own policies, allowing them to file claims against their own insurers. But even collecting on legitimate UIM claims is not always straightforward.
The harm done by hit-and-run drivers rarely stops with the physical injuries they inflict.