Being a victim of a hit and run accident can be devastating and it can be extremely frustrating when you don’t know the identity of the driver after the accident has happened. You might experience a sense of hope when you believe that your accident has happened in a high traffic area of San Diego where video cameras may be more obvious. After you have spoken with authorities and gotten medical attention, determining the identity of a hit and run driver is your first priority. Without much evidence to rely on, it can be frustrating to determine what you should do next.
Any hit and run lawyer may determine that it is worth investigating whether or not videos can help to support the identification of a hit and run perpetrator. If it is impossible to identify a liable driver, however, the burden of paying expenses associated with injuries will likely fall on the injured party. Motorists who are struck by hit and run drivers may be able to turn to their own insurance policies so long as they carried uninsured motorist coverage.
Thorough investigation is critical for any hit and run accident case and a video of the intersection can help to identify pertinent details about the accident perpetrator such as his or her license plate and details about their car and appearance. Advanced technology can make a significant impact in a hit and run case. While there are far too many accidents happening in California, caused by drivers who are never properly identified, an experienced lawyer may help to initiate further investigations to identify the appropriate culprit.
What to do if you are in an accident with a hit and run driver:
- Talk to any witnesses in the area who may have seen the accident happen
- Report any identifying details regarding the car to the police as soon as they arrive on scene
- Consider revisiting the accident scene to determine if there are any video cameras that might have captured the accident on tape
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines