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How Your Legal Team Will Track Down a Hit and Run Driver

If you've been injured in an accident or on the job, the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to hold the party responsible for your injury accountable.

Last Updated: 01-31-2024
Written by: Michael A. Rose and Gregory Hach

When you’re involved in a car accident, it’s natural to assume the other driver will stop their vehicle and wait for law enforcement to arrive. You think anyone involved in a crash will be concerned about another person’s well-being. Unfortunately, some motorists flee the scene without checking on others or waiting for an officer to investigate. Our legal team can track down a hit-and-run driver and hold them accountable for your damages.

Hit-and-run accidents can be scary. You experienced a sudden and traumatic event and found yourself alone at the crash site. It’s crucial to take the necessary steps to locate the negligent driver so you can hold them liable for their actions. Report the accident to law enforcement, seek medical treatment, and hire an attorney immediately.

State Law Regarding Hit and Run Accidents

According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 600, any person involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in property damage, injury, or death must:

  • Stop and provide a license and insurance identification card for the vehicle
  • Give their name, residence, insurance information, and license number to the other party
  • Provide all required information to the officer at the scene or report the accident to the nearest police station or judicial officer as soon as possible.

Violating this law can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge. The hit-and-run driver could face an expensive fine and imprisonment.

After speaking with the investigating officer, it’s vital to go to the hospital. You need to begin treatment so there’s documentation of your injury. If the doctor recommends follow-up care, be sure to follow their orders. Medical records are valuable evidence in hit-and-run cases.

How to Locate the Driver in a Hit-and-Run Accident

If an accident occurs and the other driver flees the scene, call 911 immediately. You should stay where you are until an officer shows up to investigate. Ask the 911 operator to send an ambulance to a nearby hospital if necessary.

Law enforcement should speak to you about what happened and interview anyone who witnessed the crash. Inform the officer if you can recall relevant details, such as the car color, the direction the driver was heading, and the license plate number. You should also describe the driver’s appearance if you saw them before they drove off.

The police report can be useful during a hit-and-run investigation. Your legal team can request a copy and review the information it contains. Details might help determine where the driver went after fleeing the scene.

Maybe there’s a security camera near the location of the crash your lawyer can use to find the motorist. Or a resident in that area could have seen everything and write down vital information about the driver and their vehicle.

Your legal team can use various resources to track down the driver and hold them responsible for the harm they caused.


Your legal team can talk to witnesses and obtain their statements. Someone might have seen the entire incident, including where the driver headed after the collision.

Sometimes, witnesses write down information, such as a license plate number, a description of the car, and a description of the driver. Your legal team can gather all necessary information from the witnesses to find the motorist.

Law Enforcement

Your legal team can contact the investigating officer for details that might help track down the hit-and-run driver. Law enforcement can also investigate the accident. Fleeing the scene is a criminal offense. They might want to locate the driver to press charges. If they figure out who’s responsible, your legal team could determine any available auto insurance coverage to file a claim on your behalf.

Video Footage

Traffic cameras are common throughout New York. Many buildings also contain security cameras. Your legal team can secure footage from these cameras to try to capture the crash as it happened. A clear image of the car and license plate can make locating the driver easy.

Department of Motor Vehicles

Your legal team could call the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to request information about the driver if anyone wrote down the license plate number. Law enforcement might also have asked the DMV for the license plate search results.

Residents and Business Owners

Anyone living or working near the accident scene could provide helpful information. Your legal team can speak with the residents and business owners in the community for details regarding the driver or their car. It’s possible someone knows who the person is or saw what happened.

Injured in a Hit and Run Accident? Call Hach & Rose, LLP

If you suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident in New York, contact the New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP immediately. We have successfully represented injured clients for nearly 25 years. Our team of dedicated attorneys will fight to find the at-fault motorist, hold them liable, and recover the compensation you deserve.

Call us at (212) 779-0057 now for your free consultation.

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