Today, an Illinois car accident attorney at our office read an article online posted by WGNRadio.com about a Chicago hit-and-run accident. The police have not been able to locate the driver who hit the victim, but apparently the motorist struck the victim and drove away. A photo surveillance camera captured a picture of the car at close to 5:00 Monday evening. Although the pedestrian appeared injured, the driver didn’t stop.
After seeing this article, we thought it would be beneficial for our readers to be aware of what constitutes a hit-and-run accident. When a person is involved in an accident, they are required to stop. Stopping allows the driver to provide any information that the other drivers, pedestrian, or bikers involved may need, and also for the other involved drivers to help should there be an injury. Failure to stop after an accident has serious consequences, which can include anything from hefty fines to prison time. A negligent driver may have their license revoked, have to pay for properly damages and may even be subject to a lawsuit. If the hit-and-run accident should lead to a fatality, the accident is considered a felony.
If you are in the victim or witness of a hit-and-run accident, you should get as many descriptions of the vehicle and driver as possible. This can include the color, make, and model of the car, as well as the license plate number. Characteristics of the driver, as well as where they drove off too, could also be helpful information. After getting identification information, call 911. The police will help to further investigate what occurred, and how to go about finding the negligent driver. Next, if you have been injured or experienced property damage contact your insurance provider. Taking pictures, either on a disposable camera, digital camera, or even cell phone, can be beneficial later. Finally, contact a lawyer. Our Chicago car accident lawyers have successfully represented seriously injury victims in many hit-and-run accident cases and may be able to help you, or a loved one, seek reasonable compensation for your injuries.
This particular accident also brings up the importance of surveillance video cameras and photo photography to help to track down offenders. John Perconti, one of our Illinois accident attorneys, was recently quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin discussing the importance of video cameras in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. We have relied on video evidence in a number of cases and anticipate that this practice will grow as more and more, buildings and businesses employ the use of these cameras to monitor their premises. With this growth, we are interested to see how videos are used as evidence to support plaintiffs and defendants alike.