Many drunk driving accidents in North Carolina are hit-and-run accidents, meaning that the intoxicated driver collides with a car, pedestrian, or bicyclist, then leaves the scene instead of stopping. Hit-and-run accidents can feel especially overwhelming because you don’t know who the driver was – and unless the crash left behind plenty of evidence or eyewitnesses, there is a chance you will never know. However, even if you are never able to locate the drunk driver who caused the crash, you may still be able to obtain the compensation you need to pay medical bills and certain other expenses related to the accident. Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage exists to help you meet expenses when another driver does not have adequate insurance or – as in a hit and run – that driver cannot be located. To learn more about your options in a hit-and-run drunk driving crash, contact Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. Your lawyer can help you determine which insurance coverages will apply to help you meet expenses, negotiate with insurance companies, and continue to investigate the crash so that you maximize your chances of finding the person who injured you and holding him or her accountable for the harm caused.
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