How Do I Find The Driver After a Hit and Run Car Accident?
Being involved in a car accident is frustrating on its own, so the driver at fault taking off after hitting you isn’t any better. The least they could do is stick around long enough to make sure you’re okay. When the driver takes off before checking on you or exchanging information, your lawyer is put in a difficult position.
Tracking down a hit and run driver isn’t easy. Cops will always make some type of effort to find the driver. They’ll even give your lawyer a copy of the police report. However, your lawyer is the one that has to do the real legwork when it comes to tracking down the person that hit you.
What Can Your Lawyer Do to Track Down the Other Driver?
Talking with Witnesses
Your lawyer will have to first see if there are any witnesses listed in the police report. If so, your lawyer will talk with them to find out what they saw or heard; this is because the witnesses may have a proper description of the vehicle that hit you.
Asking Local Mechanics
The next thing your lawyer can do is check with local mechanics to see if any vehicles came in for repairs of damages that were consistent with your accident. Knowing what kind of damages the other vehicle suffered in the crash can narrow down the search for the other driver.
Hiring a Private Investigator
There is never a guarantee that your attorney will find the person who caused your car accident, but they do have access to resources that the layperson does not. Hiring a private investigator is always an option that your lawyer may talk to you about if need be.
You’re Still Entitled to Damages
Regardless of whether your lawyer tracks down the person who hits you right away or not, you are still entitled to certain damages. Your lawyer wants to ensure that you are made whole, whether it be by you getting paid by the other driver or someone else.
Some of the damages your lawyer will demand can include the following:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
Even if your attorney is unable to track down the person who hit you, you still have options. It is possible that you can file a claim under your insurance policy’s uninsured motorist clause. Although it may not pay out as much as the defendant’s policy could have, it will still help with out of pocket expenses.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured by a hit and run driver, you’ll want to get in contact with an experienced Houston car accident lawyer. Call 713-524-8139 or contact us online to set up a time to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. You don’t have to face this accident alone.