Technology Helps Police Catch Hit and Run DriversApril 8, 2019
If you have ever been involved in a hit and run accident, you know how frustrating, infuriating, and ultimately more expensive it can be when the person who caused the accident flees the scene. Whether the person panicked and immediately regretted the decision, or they had no intention of taking any responsibility for their actions, leaving the scene of an accident is not only irresponsible, but it can be very dangerous if the occupants suffered life-threatening injuries. While it used to be very difficult for police officers to catch hit and run drivers, today’s technology gives police the tools they need to identify and catch the drivers.
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, from 2009 to 2016, there was over a 62 percent increase in the number of hit and run accidents in this country. That number peaked in 2018. Most of these accidents involved pedestrians and cyclists, which tend to involve very serious injuries, since there is nothing protecting these victims from the impact of the vehicle. The AAA report found the following statistics on hit and run accidents:
- Florida, Louisiana, and New Mexico had the highest death rates from hit and run accidents.
- States that had the lowest hit and run death rates included Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.
- Most accidents occur between midnight and 4 a.m. in low speed limits.
- Weather is not a main cause of hit and run accidents.
How to Catch Hit and Run Drivers
Law enforcement officials use the following methods to track down, and apprehend hit and run drivers:
- Talk to witnesses who may have seen the car flee.
- Investigate the accident scene, including tire tracks, which may indicate that the car was speeding and tried to stop quickly.
- If the car that fled was damaged, there could be evidence at the scene, such as pieces of a broken headlight or chips of paint that can be used to identify the make and model of the car.
- Surveillance footage near the scene is extremely valuable in identifying a hit and run driver’s vehicle. Business, traffic lights, and private residences often have cameras set up.
- Others passing by may have taken video footage of the accident, which police can access and use as evidence.
- Media is often used to help spread the word about a hit and run accident and encourage the public to come forward with any information they might have about the driver.
Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal. If a hit and run driver is caught, it is unlikely that police will be lenient. In fact, drivers will face more serious consequences than if they remained at the scene of the accident and gave an honest account of what happened.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Hit and Run Accidents
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve, ensuring that your rights are always protected. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online today.
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