We have all heard the infamous story where someone hit a pedestrian and then flees the scene. Or consider the other scenario, where a drunken driver hit another vehicle, and then leaves the crime scene prior to the police arriving to arrest him. We also all know that the penalties can be severe for these actions, especially if someone suffers great bodily injury or even worse-death.
However, what does the state of South Carolina say when a person hits an unattended vehicle: to common “hitting a parked car scenario.” According to SC SECTION Code 56-5-1240, there are duties the driver involved in an accident, where there is an unattended vehicle, mandatorily imposed on the defendant. S.C. SECTION Code 56-5-1240
Specifically, the statute lays out that the driver of any car while collides with another, while the other car is unattended or parked, shall immediately stop their vehicle and either locate the owner/operator of the vehicle, or leave a conspicuous note. Id.
In other words, if you hit a parked car, you are required by law to leave a note somewhere that the victim can plainly see, such as on their windshield, stating your name, address, how they can contact you, and the circumstances of the situation. Id.
Hitting a parked car while intoxicated, then leaving the scene of the accident is a bad idea; most people do so in fear that they will be arrested. If you have been accused of the aforementioned crime, then contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information on how we can help with your case.