New Bern, NC – Michael Garris Hurt in Hit-and-Run Crash on First St.

New Bern, NC (December 25, 2020) – A 31-year-old New Bern man sustained injuries in a hit-and-run crash on Wednesday, December 23rd. The collision was reported around 5:50 p.m. on First Street at the intersection with Rhem Street.

According to officials with the New Bern Police Department, Michael Garris was walking near the intersection when he was struck by a car. The car fled the scene following the crash and before police could arrive. Rescue workers also responded to the scene. Garris suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment. There is no additional update on his condition at this time.

Police are still looking for the vehicle that hit Garris. There has been no description of the car or the suspect at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer A. Williams at 252-672-4272.

An investigation is ongoing.

We wish to extend our thoughts and well-wishes to Michael Garris as he recovers from this hit-and-run injury accident in New Bern. We hope for a complete and speedy recovery.

North Carolina Injury Accidents  New Bern, NC - Michael Garris Hurt in Hit-and-Run Crash on First St.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there are approximately 80,000 injury crashes in North Carolina annually. While there are no specific statistics on the number of hit-and-run accidents, there are a substantial number of motorists who choose to flee the scene after they cause a crash. Although the law requires motorists to remain on the scene and cooperate with police, many drivers choose not to do so. Normally when this occurs, the driver is aware that their negligence caused a serious accident and they flee the scene in an effort to avoid taking responsibility for their actions.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a North Carolina hit-and-run crash, you need an attorney who will make sure that you are fully protected. Obtaining compensation in a hit-and-run situation can be difficult and requires an attorney with the skills and knowledge to help you locate all possible sources of recovery. In some cases, the hit-and-run driver will not be found and you may have to rely on your own insurance policy to pay your medical bills and other expenses arising from the crash. Regardless, you do not want to be out of pocket for the costs of someone else’s negligence.
At Burton Law Firm, we proudly assist hit-and-run crash victims. North Carolina car accident lawyer Jason M. Burton has handled hundreds of accident claims, including hit-and-run cases. Mr. Burton knows exactly what needs to be done to successfully obtain the type of recovery that you need and deserve during this difficult time. From our office in Raleigh, we serve the Triangle area and all communities throughout eastern North Carolina.
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