Can you imagine being hit by a motorist, and then — while you’re injured and lying in the street — you watch the motorist drive away without offering you assistance? This is not only unethical, but it’s also unlawful.
If a driver strikes someone — and especially if he or she causes an injury — the driver has a legal obligation to stop, assist the injured parties and wait for police. Failing to do so can lead to the driver’s eventual arrest. Following arrest, the driver might liable to pay for any injuries and damages that were his or her fault. That said, if the driver successfully escapes the scene without being identified, justice cannot be served.
This is why it’s essential for the police, witnesses, victims and community members to work together immediately following a hit-and-run case. By checking surveillance video footage that may have captured the accident scene — and by interviewing witnesses — crash investigators may be able to piece together the clues necessary to locate the at-fault driver in such a case. Especially if the vehicle involved in the crash suffered damage as a result of the collision, or if pieces of the vehicle can be found at the crash site, investigators may be able to track down and locate the matching vehicle and bring the driver to justice.
When police can locate a hit-and-run driver, justice can be served and injured parties can recoup their property damages and the costs associated with their medical care. However, when the person remains at large, victims may be left without recourse. If you have been the witness to a hit-and-run accident, be sure to contact the police and tell them what you saw.