Hit and Run Car Accidents
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What Are Hit and Run Car Accidents?
In any car accident, the drivers are required to stop and exchange information with one another for legal purposes. If one of the cars is unattended, the driver must leave a note on the parked car with their contact information. Failure to follow these rules and leaving the scene of an accident is called a "hit and run"; it is prohibited by driving laws. Hit and run car accidents may result in various legal penalties, and can create many problems for all parties involved.
How is the Other Driver Located in a Hit and Run Accident?
Hit and run car accidents often occur because one driver is attempting to escape liability for damages or injuries. Thus, one of the more difficult aspects of any hit and run case is locating the driver who has fled the scene. Authorities are often able to track down the missing driver through factors such as:
- Paint left on the other car after impact
- Car parts found at the scene of the incident
- Eyewitness reports and police reports
- License plate numbers and automobile descriptions (make and year, etc.)
- Video footage (often pulled from security cameras in parking lots and garages)
- Photographs from bystanders or traffic cameras
These can help when it comes to locating the driver who is liable for the damages and/or injuries.
What if I Have Been the Victim of a Hit and Run Car Accident?
If you have been the victim of a hit and run auto accident, you should seek medical attention immediately if you have been injured. Failure to do say may negatively affect your chances at recovering a damages award later on during a private civil lawsuit. You should also file a police report, as this can help begin the process of locating the other driver. If you have information, photos, videos, or license plate numbers, you should report these to the police. Lastly, you should keep files of any medical expenses and repair expenses, as these can be used as evidence in court later on.
Do I Need a Lawyer if I Have a Hit and Run Case?
Hit and run claims generally require the assistance and attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer. You should contact a lawyer if you need to file a claim for a hit and run, or if you need to file a lawsuit in a court of law. Your attorney can provide you with instructions on how to proceed, and can inform you of your various options.
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Last Modified: 08-03-2016 12:15 PM PDT
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