Getting hit by a car can be very upsetting for anyone, but when the person responsible for the accident flees the scene, it can be even more distressing.
Under these circumstances, it is crucial not to lose hope if a hit-and-run driver has hit you. There may be ways to track them down and hold them accountable.
Physical evidence at the scene
After a crash, parties often leave behind physical evidence.
This evidence could include physical debris from the other vehicle, points of impact on your car and your injuries. Paint marks, glass fragments and even hair or blood samples from the scene could also help identify the vehicle or driver involved.
Official statements and reports
After a hit-and-run, it is crucial to file a police report. Doing so creates a record of the events.
Witness statements can also be quite valuable. Even if you did not see the other driver, the type of car they were driving, a license plate or what the person was doing at the time of the crash, witnesses might have seen these things. This information can be crucial in helping investigators track down the culprit.
Video recordings and photos
If you are able after an accident, you can take photos of the scene to record the time, place, and conditions. However, if you cannot do this, there may be other recordings.
Individuals can be nearby taking selfies or making videos to post on social media; other drivers may have dash cams; businesses have surveillance videos. These parties could all have captured an accident, whether they intended to or not.
The importance of finding the at-fault driver
Someone who flees an accident scene wants to avoid liability and the criminal penalties of failing to stop after an accident. While it can certainly complicate the situation, it is crucial to make a concerted effort to find the at-fault driver.
Notifying the police and working with a lawyer to investigate the accident can improve the chances of identifying the responsible party. And when you find the other person, you can choose to file a lawsuit seeking financial damages on top of those available through insurance.