Hit and Run
Failure to stop after a motor vehicle crash is a crime in Washington, DC and all 50 states. Each state has its own variation of a law that imposes an obligation on motorist’s to stop after a car accident. One requirement that is consistently imposed mandates that a motorist make oneself known to the other motorist involved in the crash. Failure to do so is a crime. What happens to the injured motorist or pedestrian who is injured in a hit-and-run crash? Fortunately, there are surveillance cameras and cellphone cameras everywhere in our high tech society. A bystander might hold the key to determining who hit you in the palm of their hand. In this situation, it is imperative that you contact an attorney who is well-versed in handling hit-and-run accidents. The lawyers at Kenneth J. Annis & Associates have extensive experience in successfully representing victims in hit-and-run lawsuits.
Hit-and-run cases can be particularly problematic, especially if you are injured as a result of the crash. Most times, the perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident flees the scene to conceal another crime. Many fleeing motorists are intoxicated while others are unlawfully operating a motor vehicle because they do not have a valid driver’s license. Others might be concerned about liability for causing bodily injuries and property damage. Still some motorist know they were violating other traffic safety rules, such as a distracted drivers who flee because they were texting on a cell phone. There are even motorists that legitimately do not realize that a crash occurred. Irrespective of the reason a motorist flees, you should call the police immediately if the other driver flees the scene. The decision to immediately summon the police will greatly increase the chances of identifying and apprehending the person fleeing the accident scene.
If you are involved in a crash where the other motorist drives away, your initial concerns should be to render assistance to anyone who is injured and call 911. If you are physically able, you should try to gather evidence that might assist officers in determining the identity of the other driver and the cause of the crash. The chances of a recovery also improve if you are able to get a description of the driver. Even if you do not get a good look at the other driver, you should write down the make and model of the other vehicle, license plate number, and the location of damage on the car. Getting even one letter or number from the license plate and the make and model will go a long way to identifying the fleeing driver. An injury victim should also attempt to note the direction that the vehicle fled. Motorists should try to provide as much information to law enforcement as possible. Police can broadcast that information for other officers to “Be on the lookout”, or BOLO for short, for the fleeing vehicle and its driver. It is important to note that you should not give chase.
Turn your attention to other information surrounding you at the time of the crash. It is prudent to try recalling the direction of travel of the fleeing vehicle before the crash. That information will assist police in locating other evidence. Police can take that information and develop a path of travel. Law enforcement can search for surveillance video or other witnesses to the crash. Surveillance video is of such high quality and extremely common that police are experienced in retrieving and analyzing that data. Notwithstanding, eye witness accounts are extremely valuable. People are generally upset when they witness a car flee the scene of a crash. People want to help in that situation. Hit-and-Run crash injury victims should look around to see if there are any eyewitnesses to the accident who can be pointed out ot law enforcement. Eyewitnesses will have a different perspective of the crash and can provide key evidence to the police.
Hit-and-run accident victims require special attention. The experienced and dedicated attorneys of Kenneth J. Annis & Associates are extremely skilled at handling hit-and-run accidents. They know how to use the evidence to help identify the fleeing driver and make them pay for the damage they caused. You might also have a claim against another party or your own uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Call Kenneth J. Annis & Associates today at 202-785-2244 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you reclaim the quality of life you possessed before your unfortunate accident.