If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car accident, you should be able to collect compensation from the at-fault driver or from their insurance company.
A Columbus hit and run accident lawyer can help you identify and locate the driver who caused the collision and hold him financially responsible. The lawyer who represents your claim can also help identify other ways to collect compensation after an accident.
When you are ready to explore the variety of methods you can use to have the financial expenses and losses of the accident covered, contact the personal injury team at the Fitch Law Firm by calling (614) 545-3930 today.
Get Help From a Columbus Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
When you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car accident, the at-fault driver could be held financially accountable for your injuries and for your injury-related expenses. When you are involved in a car accident with a hit and run driver, collecting compensation can become much more difficult.
Ohio Revised Code § 4549.02 requires anyone involved in a car accident to stop and exchange information with the other involved driver. If the driver of the accident you were in does not obey this law, you could be left unsure of how to collect compensation for the expenses and losses the accident creates.
Do not accept the financial aftermath of a hit and run car accident without a fight. Call (614) 545-3930 to review your accident with a member of the personal injury team at the Fitch Law Firm and explore your financial compensation options.
The Crash Report Can Help Identify the Hit and Run Driver
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, contact Columbus police as soon as possible to report the at-fault driver and to document the details of the accident. A police report can obtain valuable information that will help us identify and locate the at-fault driver, including:
- The responding police officer’s investigative notes
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
- Date, time, and location details of the accident
Because the driver who hit your car fled the scene, you should also document as many details of the accident as possible. In addition to your police report, take these actions at the scene of the accident, if possible:
- Take photos of the damage to your car from a variety of angles
- Ask bystanders for help recalling details about the hit and run driver’s vehicle
Your lawyer can help you understand the value of these documents and evidence and show you methods and techniques that can help identify the hit and run driver. Even a partial license plate number or vehicle description can help identify the hit and run driver. Once the hit and run driver is identified, they can be held financially accountable for the accident they caused.
Get Medical Help Immediately After a Hit and Run Accident
Finding the driver who struck your car and fled the scene is important. Seeking prompt medical care for your injuries is also important. If your injuries or the injuries of any passengers in your car are severe, call 911 for an ambulance.
Do not avoid receiving the medical care you need after a car accident. Even if you believe your injuries are not severe at first, you should still see a doctor right away to rule out any hidden injuries, such as:
- Internal bleeding
- Soft tissue damage
- Emotional trauma
These and any other injuries you sustain should receive treatment as soon as possible to avoid having them worsen over time. The at-fault driver should cover the cost of treating these injuries.
Recoverable Damages After a Hit and Run Accident
After our team helps you identify and locate the at-fault hit and run driver, we can also help you hold him responsible for the accident he caused. In addition to criminal penalties for leaving the scene of an accident, the courts could also compel the at-fault driver to cover your injury-related expenses.
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Current lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Physical disfigurement
- Physical disability
A successful personal injury claim will mean the at-fault driver or his insurance company will cover these expenses and losses. You might have additional expenses related to your accident that are also eligible for financial recovery. Your lawyer will help you review your accident-related expenses and ensure your claim is not undervalued or underpaid.
Start Building Your Case for Compensation Immediately
In addition to seeking immediate medical attention, you should start attempting to locate the hit and run driver as soon as possible. Because locating the driver or owner of the car that hit you can be time-consuming, you should start searching for him as soon as possible.
An accident that occurs in Columbus has a deadline you must comply with. Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10 generally allows two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation. Our personal injury team will make sure your case is comprehensive and filed within Ohio’s statute of limitations.
You Can Recover From a Hit and Run Accident
When a driver hits your car and flees the scene, you might not know what to do to avoid bearing the financial brunt of an accident that was not your fault. There are methods that can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve that you might not be aware of.
If you would like support seeking recovery, a Columbus hit and run accident lawyer can help you identify and locate the at-fault driver or explore other options for financial recovery. Contact the case review team at the Fitch Law Firm today by calling (614) 545-3930.