Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers in Ohio
A hit-and-run or hit skip is when a driver fails to stop at the scene of a traffic accident traffic, leaving victims to fend for themselves. If you’re injured in a hit-and-run, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick. You have options to consider.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in Ohio
Being involved in a serious car accident in Ohio can be traumatizing, but that’s especially true for hit-and-runs. Hit-and-run accidents can lead to serious injuries and leave victims without anyone to hold responsible. But the experienced car accident attorneys at KNR can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Call KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free, no-risk consultation.
Leaving the Scene of An Accident is a Crime
While failing to stop after an accident is a crime in every state., nearly 11% of all car accidents involve a hit-and-run driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In Ohio, the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in damage has a responsibility to stop and either wait for law enforcement or provide the required information to the other driver.
Failure to stop after an accident is a criminal offense that is punishable by incarceration, significant fines, and a driver’s license suspension. Drivers could face more penalties if they failed to stop after an accident that results in bodily injury or death.
Ohio Hit & Run Car Accidents Are Common
Research shows that hit-and-run accidents are responsible for approximately 1,500 deaths every year. The number of fatal hit-and-run accidents has been increasing since 2009.
Alcohol is frequently a factor for drivers who fail to stop after an accident. Between 2010 and 2019, the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents increased by nearly 44%.
Though some hit-and-run accidents only result in property damage, many victims of hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians. Data from AAA reveals that 65% of all hit-and-run deaths are pedestrians and bicyclists.
Why Drivers Leave the Scene of an Accident
There are a number of reasons drivers leave the scene of an accident including:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving with invalid or suspended driver’s license
- Driving an underinsured or uninsured vehicle
- Fear of consequences
- Probation or criminal record
- Outstanding warrant
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Driver was talking on cell phone or texting
How Hit & Run Victims Recover Compensation
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury due to a hit-and-run accident, the experience can be stressful and frustrating. A hit-and-run accident poses unique challenges, especially if the driver who is responsible has not been identified.
Rightfully so you’ll be worried about your ability to secure compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, and other expenses. Fortunately, there are various financial ways to recover after a hit-and-run crash.
File Against the At-Fault Driver
If the driver who left the scene of your accident is identified, you can pursue a standard insurance claim or lawsuit if they have valid coverage. If the driver has other assets, you can pursue legal action against the driver directly.
File with Your Own Insurance Company
When the at-fault driver can’t be identified or lacks insurance, you could file with your own policy if you carry uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This is supplemental coverage in Ohio, but based on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation.
The experienced and compassionate hit and run injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help you navigate the insurance process and legal system to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Hit & Run Accident Claim Process
If you make a claim against your UIM policy following a hit and run, the process will follow a process very similar to any other claim with your own insurance policy. Your insurance company will investigate your hit and run, review your injuries, the cost of your medical treatment, your lost wages, and any other economic and non-economic losses that you experienced as a result.
An claims adjuster will likely contact you about giving a statement, but keep in mind that although this is your insurance policy, the company will be focused on resolving your case for the least amount possible. It’s wise to have an attorney on your side to offer guidance and handle official communications regarding a hit-and-run insurance claim.
Gathering Evidence After a Hit & Run
When the at-fault driver leaves the scene of an injury causing accident, it can feel hopeless. But there are several ways to collect evidence, so you can identify the responsible party, document your losses, and otherwise strengthen you claim.
- Call the Police & Get Medical Care
- Follow Your Doctor’s Advice & Keep Medical Records
- Get a copy of the Police Report
- Photograph the vehicle damage and your physical injuries
- Think about any nearby businesses or homes that would have security footage of the accident
- Talk to any witnesses and get their information
- Keep an injury log about your experiences and expenses after a hit and run
- Notify your insurance company and consult a lawyer.
Contact our Ohio Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you deserve justice. The lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help you determine if a lawsuit is your best course of action and fight to obtain the maximum compensation for your losses.
As one of the largest personal injury law firms in Ohio, we have what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf. Our team of skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers has extensive knowledge of the insurance claims process and the experience necessary to process your case quickly and successfully.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick has 11 Ohio locations to best serve you. Contact us at the location nearest to you to learn more about your rights and how an Ohio car accident attorney can help you by calling 1-800-HURT-NOW.