Car accidents can result in a lot of serious damage both to the people and to the vehicles involved. While insurance often pays for much of the damage, many people fail to obtain enough insurance – or insurance all together. For this reason, many people who are responsible for causing accidents to flee the scene rather than stick around. Hit-and-run accidents, as they are widely known, can create further issues for the injured party. Here are steps you can take to find a hit-and-run driver.
1. Report it to the police.
It’s imperative that you report the accident to the police immediately, as they have the resources and tools, such as advanced facial recognition software to be able to help with locating those responsible. Additionally, any surveillance video that they obtain can help to match people in their system.
2. Speak to any witnesses.
If anyone was around at all when the accident occurred, whether other drivers, or bystanders, they may have noticed important details that you failed to observe in the midst of the chaos. This may include facts such as the car’s color, make, model, and driver’s license, as well as the appearance of the other driver and the direction in which they continued driving. Some drivers may even have dashboard cameras that can help to provide further proof.
3. Get in touch with homes and businesses around the area of the accident.
Like other drivers with dashboard cameras, local homes and businesses may have their own surveillance video that they can provide after the accident. They can also share it with law enforcement in order to help track down the at-fault driver. You should send over a formal letter of request stating what footage you need and why you need it since they aren’t obligated to hand it over to you.
4. Contact the DMV
If you or another witness was able to capture the at-fault driver’s license plate number, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may actually be able to locate the driver as well as his or her address. You can also report the accident to the Texas Department of Transportation. Regardless, if you have the license plate you should always report it to the local authorities.
5. Consult with a qualified Texas personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law and how you can go about receiving compensation for your injuries. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in a Hit-and-run Accident
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that an accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!