Being involved in a hit and run accident are can be incredibly frustrating for injured parties. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a hit and run accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our personal injury lawyers know how to fight for the rights of victims of hit and run accidents.
What is a hit and run accident?
A hit and run accident happens when a driver strikes a pedestrian, another car, or an object and leaves the scene without stopping to identify himself or herself and exchange insurance information. In Ohio, drivers who cause a car accident have a legal obligation to stay at the scene of an accident and exchange information. Ohio hit and run accidents can leave victims with serious injuries. Many hit and run victims feel a sense of hopelessness after the driver who caused the car accident flees the scene. Every state, including Ohio, has made leaving the scene of an accident as a crime. Nonetheless, Ohio hit and run accidents continue to happen.
What to Do After An Accident
First, assess if you are injured and call 911 if you can do so. Next, if possible, move the vehicles out of the path of oncoming traffic. Turn on your hazard light flashers, and if you can do so, place reflective triangles up. Next, call the police and ask them to come to the scene of the accident. Try to write down the license plate number of the other driver, if possible. If the driver has already left the scene when you come to a stop, write down any information you happen to remember about the driver, such as the color and make of the vehicle. Write down any other details about the accident that could help the police find the driver. Next, we recommend hiring skilled Cincinnati car accident attorneys to represent your best interests.
Identifying a Cincinnati Hit and Run Driver
Seeing the driver who caused a hit and run accident drive away without penalty can be extremely frustrating. Many of our clients who’ve been in a hit and run accident wonder if they’ll be able to recover any compensation for their injuries. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our lawyers work with a skilled team of accident reconstructionists and personal investigators. We use the combined skills of our team to attempt to identify hit and run drivers. We conduct a thorough investigation and gather the following evidence to help us find the at-fault driver:
- Police reports
- Surveillance footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- Physical evidence left at the crime scene
Engaging in a hit and run is a criminal offense under Ohio law. A driver involved in an accident that causes injuries or property damage has a duty to stop and wait for law enforcement to arrive at the scene. The driver must at a minimum exchange information with the other driver. Drivers who fail to stop after an accident that results in the bodily injury or death of another person face serious consequences, including jail time, severe fines, and the suspension of their driver’s license.
Seeking Underinsured or Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Our legal team will use all the resources at our disposal to attempt to identify the hit and run drivers who cause our clients’ injuries. However, if we are unable to do so, we help drivers seek underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist insurance helps a driver recover compensation when the at-fault driver did not carry car insurance. Underinsurance motorist coverage provided injured individuals compensation when the at-fault driver did not have enough insurance coverage to pay for his or her injuries.
The numbers listed above are the minimum requirements for uninsurance or underinsurance. Victims of hit and run accidents may have insurance policies that provide higher limits. Many drivers purchase policies that exceed the legally required minimums in case they suffer injuries in a car accident caused by an uninsured motorist. To file an underinsurance or uninsurance claim, the driver must file the claim with his or her own insurance company.
Even though the injured party will be working with his or her own insurance company, we still recommend speaking to a skilled motor vehicle attorney before submitting the claim for compensation. Insurance companies are for-profit companies that attempt to pay as little compensation as possible. Our team of skilled insurance lawyers negotiates strategically with insurance companies so our clients can focus on recovering from their injuries.
Contact Our Experienced Cincinnati Hit and Run Car Accident Lawyers
If you’ve suffered an injury from a hit and run accident in Ohio, we can help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our lawyers have extensive experience helping the victims of hit and run accidents seek compensation. After evaluating your case, we will help you determine what your best course of action is and fight hard for you to receive the most compensation possible, whether through a personal injury lawsuit or an insurance policy. Contact our law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.