Hit and run accidents, unfortunately, account for the vast majority of pedestrian fatalities. In fact, by some estimates, hit and run accidents accounted for 83% of pedestrian fatalities in the first part of 2012. Last December a Schaumburg teen was killed in a hit and run accident near Schaumburg Road and Branchwood Drive.
Although hit and run drivers can be difficult to track down, law enforcement officers use a number of techniques to try and find hit and run drivers so that they can be held accountable in civil and criminal lawsuits. Some of the most common tools used to obtain information about hit and run drivers include:
- Surveillance tapes of the scene. Often times, parking lots and busy intersections are monitored by surveillance video cameras. When a Schaumburg teen was killed in a hit and run collision last December, police reviewed and analyzed video surveillance from locations surrounding the scene of the hit and run in order to identify the types of vehicles that drove through the area around the time of the accident.
- Working with news media to solicit information from the public. For instance, when an Aurora woman was killed in a hit and run accident last month, police released the name and photograph of the man suspected in the hit and run to several local news outlets, asking that anyone with information notify the police immediately.
- Offering rewards for information regarding the hit and run accident. Rewards up to thousands of dollars are frequently offered to anyone that provides information that leads to an arrest in the hit and run case.
- Information provided by the victim. Not all hit and run accidents are fatalities. In some cases, the victim may be able to provide a description of the vehicle, the driver, or even the license plate of the car that was involved in the hit and run accident.
Even if the identity of the party responsible for the hit and run injuries, death, or damages, the victim or his or her family may still be entitled to compensation under his or her own insurance policy’s uninsured motorist provisions.
Although insurance companies are obligated to fulfill their obligations in hit and run accidents, insurers frequently do not act with the victim’s best interests in mind. Moreover, legal claims involving hit and run accidents can be complex and difficult to pursue due the lack of information regarding the accident. For these reasons, it is incredibly important to consult with an experienced hit and run accident attorney like those at Ankin Law Office, LLC. Our experienced Chicago hit and run auto accident attorneys have considerable experience dealing with insurance companies and we can effectively advocate on your behalf to obtain the money that you are owed.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 if you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a hit and run accident.