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How do authorities find someone after a hit-and-run accident?

Imagine you have the right of way and are crossing the street at a crosswalk. Out of nowhere, a car turns the corner and hits you. Fortunately, you survive the accident, but the driver doesn’t stop to see if you are injured. He or she speeds away, leaving you to be cared for by a few witnesses who call an ambulance and the police.

Every year, this nightmare scenario becomes a reality for some Cincinnati area residents who worry about how to pay mounting medical bills and make up lost wages as they struggle with painful injuries and long recoveries.

Driver found after hit-and-run that killed a woman

If you or a loved one is involved in a hit-and-run accident, it may give you some peace of mind to know that law enforcement will do everything they can with the information they have to find the responsible party. In a recent example, investigators found a hit-and-run driver several weeks after he struck a woman’s car head on near Brownsville, Ohio — killing the woman. According to news reports, authorities searched for the man for weeks and eventually found him living in a tent. He claimed that he didn’t know he had hit anyone.

Authorities use clues to search for at-fault drivers

The man’s claim may seem far-fetched, given the serious vehicle damage that is likely to result from a head-on accident. Vehicular damage that matches the nature of the accident is one of the key pieces of evidence that authorities look for when trying to find a hit-and-run driver. They also take into account any and all information that you and any other witnesses can provide, including a description of the vehicle, a vehicle’s license plate number and the direction the vehicle was going when it left the scene of the accident.

After a hit-and-run accident, it can be discouraging to wait as authorities attempt to identify the at-fault driver. During this time, it is important to explore your options with regard to recovering compensation from your insurance company for your injuries, medical expenses and lost wages. An attorney can help you identify all insurance and compensation sources and recover the compensation you need during this difficult time.

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