Car Accident Lawyers Pursue Hit and Run Claims in Baltimore and Surrounding Areas
What you can do when a driver flees the scene
After a collision or accident, people don’t always think clearly. As a result, a driver might think that their best course of action is to leave the scene and hope that they get away with it. But if you’ve been injured or had your vehicle severely damaged by a hit and run driver, you are still entitled to seek compensation, and the car accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, can help you with your claim.
Types of hit and run accidents
When a driver is involved in an accident, they must make an effort to find the other property owner, alert them to what happened, and provide their identifying information. This can be as simple as leaving a note on a parked car or exchanging driver’s licenses and insurance cards after a collision. If either driver leaves the scene without leaving their information, however, it becomes a hit-and-run, and that driver is subject to criminal charges.
If an accident only involves property damage, the fleeing driver may just be ticketed and fined for the offense. However, if anyone was injured or killed in the accident, the driver can be charged with felony hit and run, subject to up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Identifying a hit and run driver
The problem with hit and runs in many cases is that even if you’re at the accident scene, you don’t have time to properly identify the vehicle or the driver involved. If you can at least get the license plate number, it makes it easy to identify the vehicle. However, even if you didn’t get the other driver’s plates, there are still ways to find a hit and run driver, including:
- Car make and model. Unusual cars or unique colors can make a particular car easier to find in your area. Your attorney may also seek out cars of that make and model that have body work done in the area.
- Witnesses. If other people were around during the accident, they may have gotten a better look at the car than you.
- Traffic cameras or other video footage. Many intersections are now monitored by video surveillance, and other properties also have security cameras that may capture the scene of your accident.
These are just a few of the methods your attorney can employ to help identify the driver responsible for your accident and, in turn, for your compensation.
If the driver at fault has fled the scene of your accident, our Baltimore attorneys can help
Getting the compensation you deserve might seem impossible if another driver leaves the scene of an accident, but the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, can help find the responsible parties or secure restitution from the insurance companies. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online . We serve various areas throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County.