Catching a Hit and Run Driver
Hit and run accidents in Texas are serious criminal offenses. If a driver causes an accident and flees the scene, the police will interview witnesses, investigate the scene, look for video footage from any nearby security cameras, and do everything they can to find the driver who fled.
If You’re the Victim of a Hit and Run
Your first step is always to call the authorities, even if you don’t feel like you’re hurt. Describe the vehicle that hit you to the 911 dispatcher in as much detail as you can possibly give. Try to jot down everything you remember, or make a note in your cell phone while the memory is still fresh. Include the details of the accident, what you saw, as well as a description of the other driver and vehicle.
You should also talk to any witnesses or drivers of other vehicles involved in the accident. Collect statements, names, and contact information in case these witnesses leave before the police arrive.
The Police Investigation
Once the police arrive and all medical emergencies are handled, they’ll begin an investigation of the scene and the accident. They’ll interview you, the witnesses, and other drivers in the area in order to create an official police report. They’ll also visit nearby homes and businesses to see if they have security cameras available. Surveillance footage can often be the key to finding a hit and run driver.
Once the examination at the scene is complete, the police will launch an official investigation, using all the resources, databases, and tools available to locate the driver who fled.
As the victim of a hit and run, you do have options, but you should seek sound legal counsel to make sure you understand them all. At the Felix Gonzalez Law Firm, we have a wealth of knowledge that will enable you to seek the compensation you deserve, whether the driver is located or not.