After an accident, it's important to collect all the other driver's essential information. More often than not, this process is one that is easy to complete. However, there are instances when people either refuse to give any information, or it is later discovered that the information provided is false. If you have found yourself in this sort of situation, it's important you know what to do.
After an accident, every party involved in the incident, regardless of fault, should file a report. However, in this type of situation, it's incredibly important that you do so. At the time of the report, you want to provide the officer with the information that the driver gave you and as many other details about the vehicle and driver that you can remember.
Officers have access to state transportation records. If you're able to provide the entire license plate number or a portion, along with the make and model of the vehicle, they might be able to locate the driver. Keep in mind that many insurance companies will not even accept a claim unless a police report is filed, so there is no way around this step.
It's incredibly important in this type of situation to partner with an attorney. If you are unable to provide any information about the driver, an attorney will be able to perform an accident investigation. A part of the investigation involves revisiting the scene to see if there is anyone that was a witness to the event, such as a business owner or homeowner.
An attorney can also request access to any security cameras or traffic cameras in the area to search for more identifying information for the other vehicle involved in the accident.
In some instances, there is no way to track down the other driver in an accident. However, for the accident victim, this type of scenario does not mean that all hope is lost. In this instance, an attorney can help the driver file an uninsured motorist claim.
Uninsured motorist coverage provides protection against accidents in which the other driver is underinsured, uninsured, or unable to be identified. Similar to traditional claims, these claims can provide compensation for your property damages as well as your physical injuries.
If you have been involved in an accident, it's a good idea to contact an attorney from a firm like Nelson Fromer & Crocco Law Offices. Whether the other party involved in the accident gives you accurate information or not, an attorney can help you with the situation.