Getting into a car accident is frustrating enough. It becomes even more so when the other driver leaves the scene of the accident. Sometimes these accidents happen in the middle of the night. You wake up and find out your car has been side-swiped. You submit a claim to your insurance company and they pay for the damage. But you still have to pay the out of pocket deductible.
When someone actually gets into a motor vehicle accident and leaves the scene, it’s another story. No matter where you live if you get into an accident with another driver, you need to remain at the scene. Sure, there are cases where the drivers exchange insurance information and agree to not call the police. But there are also times when the other driver takes off.
If this happens to you, make sure you call the police. They can document the scene and write an accident report. They can check to see if there are any eyewitnesses. Also, they may get enough information for you to ascertain the identity of the other driver. There may be highway cameras the police can use to let you know who the other driver was.
Why Would Someone Leave the Scene of an Accident?
There are a lot of reasons why someone would leave the scene of an accident. None of them are good, but it happens. Some of these reasons are:
- They don’t have a valid driver’s license and are afraid of getting a ticket.
- They’re drunk or under the influence of drugs
- They have active warrants and know they’ll get arrested if the cops come.
- They have no insurance
Basically, someone who leaves the scene of an accident is afraid of getting in trouble. It would be noble to think that they honestly didn’t realize they hit someone, but this is rarely, if ever, the case. Most people know when they hit someone. It’s kind of hard not to notice.
There’s a reason most insurance policies offer coverage under an uninsured motorists’ fund. They know that there will be times when the culprit leaves the scene. Unless you have a video of the accident, it’s very hard to find out who the other driver was.
What Can Your Boston Car Accident Lawyer Do to Help?
If you’re the victim of a hit and run, you need a good Boston car accident lawyer. Even though the other driver fled the scene, there may be ways to find out who he is. Your lawyer will work hard to make that happen.
Some of the things your lawyer can do to help include:
- Subpoena copies of videos from highway cameras – Depending on where the accident took place, there may be a video to help identify the other driver. Many red lights have cameras intended to nab people who run red lights. There are also certain municipal buildings that have cameras that overlook busy intersections. There may even be cameras maintained by private companies that can help. Your lawyer will investigate to see if any of these are available. If they are, he can subpoena the owner of the camera to get a copy of the video.
- He can interview eyewitnesses – the police report may have contact information for people who saw the accident. They may be able to provide a description of the car. They may have even written down the other driver’s license plate information. Your Boston car accident lawyer can interview these people and see if they have any helpful information.
- He can research local mechanics – If you can get the make and model of the car that hit you, it will be helpful. Your lawyer can check to see if any of the local garages completed recent repairs on such a vehicle. If they have, he can reach out to see if these customers are the person who hit you.
You can do all of this yourself. However, people tend to respond better when the person requesting the information is a lawyer.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with the Jon Soto Law Firm Today
If you’ve been the victim of a hit and run, you need to call and schedule your initial consultation with the Jon Soto Law Firm today. This will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have. It also gives the attorney a chance to review your case and let you know what it may be worth.
The consultation is absolutely free and you pay nothing until you settle your case.