Investigating Hit-and-Run Accidents Can Take Time
Any accident that involves a hit-and-run driver may take a long time to investigate, as key facts and evidence are missing. However, law enforcement officials have tools and methods to help solve mysterious hit-and-run accidents.
Examples of pieces of evidence investigators will look for following a hit-and-run accident include, among others, the following:
- Evaluation of paint left on vehicles involved in an accident, as well as paint left on the roadway, guardrails, trees, or any other area surrounding the location of the accident;
- Review of surveillance footage, if available;
- Witness statements; and
- Evaluation of injuries (including review of medical records).
When hit-and-run accidents result in catastrophic or fatal injuries, law enforcement officials are more likely to utilize all available resources to find out who is responsible for causing a hit-and-run accident. Sometimes law enforcement officials may, unfortunately, not be as inclined to expend ample resources to track down who may be responsible.
In personal injury claims, plaintiffs are generally entitled to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, when a person flees the scene of an accident, especially one involving injuries, such conduct is usually considered egregious, and can justify an award of punitive damages if the person is subsequently identified and has valid automobile insurance. Even when the hit-and-run driver evades law enforcement, many plaintiffs are still able to recover for their damages through uninsured motorist coverage, if available. Our attorneys fight hard to maximize the value of our clients' cases under the law, and leave no stone unturned when searching for potential avenues of recovery.
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If you have been injured by a hit-and-run accident, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries for over 36 years.
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