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How do police officers find hit-and-run drivers?

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2021 | Auto-Pedestrian Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

In California, pedestrians in crosswalks typically have the right of way. Drivers, of course, do not always respect this right. According to reporting from ABC News, a Los Angeles man almost died recently when a hit-and-run driver allegedly ignored his right of way and hit him in the crosswalk.

Hit-and-run drivers may want to avoid the financial consequences of their actions. They may also be trying to dodge criminal charges. Either way, officers have a variety of options for tracking down hit-and-run drivers.

The accident scene

Accident scenes are often full of forensic evidence that is useful in finding hit-and-run drivers. For example, a vehicle’s license plate may detach and remain at the scene. Even if that does not happen, pieces of the car are likely to stay behind. Accident investigators can use paint chips, vehicle debris, tire marks and other pieces of evidence to identify involved vehicles.

Witness statements

While some hit-and-run accidents happen on quiet roadways, many others occur on crowded roads. Immediately after a hit-and-run collision, officers are likely to look for witnesses. These may include other drivers and pedestrians. Witnesses may give accurate descriptions of the accident, the vehicle and even the driver.

Surveillance cameras

For decades, shopping centers and government buildings have had surveillance cameras. Nowadays, many homeowners also have installed doorbell cameras or other types of cameras. If officers can find footage of the accident or the driver’s escape, they are likely to have an easier time locating the driver.

While not knowing who caused the hit-and-run accident that left a loved one with serious injuries can be frustrating, Californians should not lose faith. Ultimately, when officers find the driver, victims may be able to pursue substantial financial compensation.