While it is acceptable to exchange insurance information when no one is injured in a collision and vehicles can be safely driven away, it is unlawful to leave the scene with no communication or when anyone has been injured in the accident. This applies to pedestrian accidents as well as motorist accidents. Taking photos with a cell phone can be helpful when the license plate number or a detailed vehicle description can be provided, but many times it is very difficult for law enforcement to find the driver even with some form of photographic evidence. Victims can press criminal charges when the fleeing drive can be located, and often they can be found totally at fault, simply for leaving the scene. (tantamount to an admission of full guilt). Always talk with an experienced hit and run accident lawyer in these situations.
It is unlawful to drive without liability insurance coverage in North Carolina, but it still happens. These drivers are also found to be totally at fault in many cases, due to the failure to maintain insurance protection. However, it also means they will be facing significant fines before the accident case is finalized thus potentially limiting your opportunity of recovering full damages in a civil suit. While they can be sued by an experienced hit and run lawyer, it is often a frustrating experience unless the victim carries PIP coverage on their personal auto policy. Those totally at fault can still be pursued for damages per an official court ruling.