The driver that has no information on the at-fault party can still carry out effective actions.
Suggested actions for drivers that are unable to exchange contact information with the at-fault party
• Try to get the license number of the at-fault party’s vehicle
• Call the police and report the accident
• Locate any witness, and obtain the contact information from that same witness
• Call your insurance company
• Consult with an injury attorney in Ottawa
• Go to the hospital
Ideas for victims that need to search for the at-fault motorist
Place an ad in the local paper
Distribute flyers in the area, and give a description of the vehicle that the at-fault motorist was driving on the day of the accident.
Check to see if any retailers or parking lots in the area had a cameral that was focused on the site where the collision took place.
Take a walk in the neighborhood, and look for a vehicle that seemed to match with the automobile that had been described by a witness.
If none of those ideas help to identify the at-fault motorist, then it might pay to complete a more elaborate effort
—Arrange to have a website, so that those online could visit that website and study any video clip that might have been provided to the victim.
—Think about having a company that sells safety gear for walkers sponsor some of the ads on the new website; that could provide the victim with money that could be used to pay medical bills, as well as covering other expenses.
The injured victim should get a lawyer.
The victim’s lawyer should arrange for a meeting between the at-fault motorist and the other party. Naturally, such a meeting could not be scheduled until after the at-fault motorist had been identified and contacted.
The victim’s lawyer could tape that same meeting, and could direct questions at both of the involved parties. That same tape could be shared with the insurance company of the at-fault motorist. Of course, that would only be possible if the run-away driver had been identified.
The victim’s lawyer might be able to file an uninsured motorist claim. That claim could be made against the insurance company of the at-fault motorist.
If a search led to a discovery that the run-away driver had been uninsured, then the retained attorney would need to investigate the amount and value of any real estate or other assets that were owned by the motorist that had failed to stay at the scene of the collision. Any injured victims of a hit-and-run incident could file a personal injury claim with the appropriate insurance company, once the identity of the hit-and-run driver had been established.