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How are hit-and-run drivers identified?

Imagine you are walking or riding your bike home from work. You are on the sidewalk or in designated bike lanes, obeying traffic signals and using crosswalks appropriately. You are doing everything you can to be safe. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a car comes through an intersection and hits you.

Now imagine that same car pulling away and driving off. The driver doesn’t stop to see if you’re okay, and you didn’t get a good look at the car’s license plate. You might ask yourself how you’ll ever find out what happened and who was responsible for your injuries. Sadly, this might not be a hypothetical situation for you, which means getting these answers is a very real concern.

To identify a hit-and-run driver, you will likely need to rely on others.

  • Witnesses on the scene can provide statements about the car, where it went and a description of the driver.
  • Surveillance equipment in the area might have caught the incident on camera, so you may need to speak with store owners, residents and others to access these recordings.
  • Police and investigators can gather critical data from a crash scene by examining debris, tire tracks and other pieces of evidence.

You might be able to provide some information, but don’t need to feel like you have to have all the answers. 

Once you piece together these details, you can get a better idea of who would be negligent or reckless enough to leave the scene of an accident. Typically, drivers flee the scene of an accident because they don’t want to get caught doing some dangerous or illegal. They might not have a license or they were drunk or driving without insurance at the time.

If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident or if you have lost a loved one in this type of accident, holding the driver responsible for the damages suffered can be crucial. Not only can legal action help you get the compensation you need and deserve, it can also send the message that drivers who flee an accident scene can and will be held accountable for their actions.

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