When a driver flees the scene after causing injuries in a hit-and-run accident, you may be worried that the driver may never be located. It is essential that you know the identity of the driver if you want to receive compensation for your losses.
However, just because this negligent driver left the accident scene does not mean that he or she can be held accountable.
Options for Locating a Hit-and-Run Driver After Your Motor Vehicle Accident
If the driver who hits you flees the scene, you should contact the police and obtain a copy of the police report. Even if you never found the hit-and-run driver, you will need the police report to file a claim with your own insurance company for your vehicle repairs (if you have collision insurance) and your injuries (if you purchased uninsured motorist coverage).
You will also need this report if you do locate the negligent driver. You can file a claim with his or her insurance company. You should not assume that this is impossible. Hit-and-run drivers can be found by:
- Police. If you were injured in the crash, the police are more likely to investigate your accident as a crime and attempt to locate the driver for you, especially if someone has identifying information about the driver and his or her vehicle.
- Witnesses. A witness who was outraged that the driver fled the scene may have documented the make and model of the vehicle, the license plate number or part of it, or other helpful information that can enable the police or your attorney to locate the driver.
- Businesses. If your accident occurred near any businesses, you should check to see if they had video surveillance that may have recorded the accident and the driver. You need to do this quickly as the recording capacity is often limited.
- Door-to-door investigations. You should also go door-to-door to any homes or businesses in the area of your crash. You may locate a witness who saw something helpful but did not come out when your accident happened.
- Department of Motor Vehicles. If you obtain the vehicle's license number, you may be able to obtain the name and address of the driver who hit you through the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, it's best to report license plate numbers to law enforcement.
- Experienced car accident attorney. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney is a smart move even in a hit-and-run accident. He may have other suggestions for locating the hit-and-run driver and can assist you in pursuing all available sources of compensation for your injuries.
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