Nashville Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Caused Vehicle to Flip

Posted in Aggressive Driving,Car Accident,Negligence,Personal Injury,Tennessee Accident Law on June 3, 2015

Nashville Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Caused Vehicle to Flip

Nashville Metro Police are currently searching for a driver who struck an SUV and caused the vehicle to flip over onto its side, injuring the driver.

According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred when the driver of a white Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on Hart Lane in Nashville near the SUV. Police say that the driver of the Sonata clipped the passenger side of the SUV while both vehicles were traveling eastbound, causing the SUV to roll over onto its side.

A witness at the scene of the accident said the driver of the Sonata turned onto Ellington Parkway before turning onto Cleveland Street.

The accident caused the driver of the SUV to suffer injuries and he or she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of the driver’s injuries are not known at this time, but police say that the witness was able to secure the license plate number of the Sonata that was involved in the accident.

At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope the driver of the SUV is able to recover from his or her injuries and that Metro Police are able to apprehend the person who caused this accident.

How Do Police Find Hit-and-Run Drivers?

Car accident victims who are injured during accidents that were caused by negligent are often eligible to receive compensation for their accident-related expenses. The same is true for victims of hit-and-run accidents. However, these types of accidents are more difficult to pursue, as it may take days, weeks, or even months to find the driver who caused the accident.

Police have several methods for finding hit-and-run drivers, including:

  • License plate numbers

In some hit-and-run cases, either the driver who was injured or a witness of the accident is able to get either some or all of the license plate number on the vehicle belonging to the driver who caused the accident. Police can use that information to search databases in order to find the driver’s home or locations where the driver may be, such as a relative’s home or their place of business.

  • Vehicle and suspect description

Some hit-and-run accidents occur so quickly that no one at the accident scene is able to get a good look at the license plate. In those cases, police can use descriptions of the vehicle, including its make, model, and color, as well descriptions of the driver to narrow down their search.

  • Traffic camera footage

Many intersections in Nashville are equipped with traffic cameras designed to catch people running red lights and provide a clear view of car accidents. If the accident was caught on camera, police can review the footage to see how the accident occurred as well as get a good look at the vehicle, including any identifying marks or even its license plate number.

  • Anonymous tips

It’s not uncommon for family members and friends of the suspects in hit-and-run cases to anonymously provide tips to police about where to find the drivers who caused those accidents. In many cases, those tips lead police directly to the suspect and can quickly bring closure and resolution to victims who were injured in hit-and-run accidents.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Matt Hardin Law have helped many victims of hit-and-run accidents get compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs, and we know how frustrating it can be when you don’t know who caused your accident in the first place.

If you or someone you love was injured in a hit-and-run accident and police are still searching for the suspect, it’s important to understand that there are other options for getting compensation other than simply filing a claim against the driver. To find out how we can help you and your family during this difficult time, contact us by dialing (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form.