It’s always a tragedy when someone gets killed in a South Carolina car or motorcycle accident. When you lose a loved one to a hit-and-run driver who leaves the scene of the accident, it’s even worse. But it doesn’t have to be a travesty of justice.

You and your family still have important rights you may very well be able to enforce in a South Carolina wrongful death case.

While it seems like there’s no one to hold accountable, there’s still a source you can use to recover a settlement that you might need desperately for financial support.

Who Pays Wrongful Death Settlements in Fatal South Carolina Hit-and-Run Car Accidents?

When an at-fault driver leaves the scene of a fatal accident, the victim’s family can still recover a wrongful death settlement from a surprising source: the victim’s own insurance policy. That’s because South Carolina requires all car, truck, and motorcycle insurance policies to contain coverage called uninsured motorist coverage, or UM.

But just because you’re using the victim’s own policy doesn’t mean the insurance company will be sympathetic or even help. Most victims are utterly shocked to discover when they try to use a UM policy, the victim’s insurance company turns against them.

That’s right. In the insurance world, nothing makes sense. Despite all those years and possibly thousands of dollars in premiums paid by a loyal customer, when you attempt to use the insurance company’s product as intended, they turn on you in your darkest hour of need.

Rest assured, the insurance company’s money is plenty safe at this point: it has legions of professionals—from adjusters to experts to attorneys—to deny, discourage, and distract you from a proper settlement.

You and your family need to be safe, too. That’s exactly what we’re here to do. Our Spartanburg accident injury and wrongful death lawyer is here to help you. It won’t cost you a thing to get your questions answered—and get started towards much-needed peace of mind. Call toll-free at 888-230-1841.

You can also check out our FREE BOOK on crash cases, which includes a chapter on South Carolina wrongful death cases.

There are a few secrets you should know about using UM coverage in a fatal accident case.

Legal Secrets Revealed for Victims of Fatal Hit-and-Run Accidents

No one’s going to volunteer this information to you, especially not the insurance company, but we will because it’s vital to your case.

  1. Take steps immediately to protect your rights. Your case may require you to take some extra legal steps. Be sure to check them out in this separate article.
  2. You may be eligible for a much bigger settlement than it looks. If the victim owned multiple vehicles or even had additional vehicles owned by relatives who lived with him or her, you might be able to get settlements from the UM policies on those vehicles. But this involves a complicated legal tactic called stacking. To get this done right, you need a trained legal eye with extensive experience in handling auto insurance policies. One of the first things we do in any case is figuring out all the policies we can possibly find to help get our people the highest financial settlement possible.

Get Professional Help to Lead You in Standing Up for the Victim and Your Family

In a wrongful death case with a hit-and-run driver, you can’t afford to be the only amateur in the room. Sadly, this case got started because no one would help your loved one. Don’t turn away from professional help offered by a South Carolina wrongful death attorney whose job it is to protect your rights and maximize your family’s compensation for what might be a devastating financial loss. We can help you recover a sense of justice from a horrific act. 

See how we made UM work for a grieving family's settlement in a fatal hit-and-run case

We offer a FREE, EASY strategy session where we won’t pressure you to hire us, and we’ll just answer your questions. You can contact us with a live chat, fill out a Get Help Now form, or call toll-free at 888-230-1841.

If you’re concerned about what it’s like to work with us, we can let actual clients answer that for you, in reviews we didn’t pay for or edit. Check them out on attorney review service we don’t own and Google.

 

Rob Usry
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Rob is a Spartanburg personal injury lawyer. Rob also practices as a criminal defense attorney.
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